Pretoria, March 31, IRNA-South African president Thabo Mbeki says his country would not agree to any interventions made to undermine respect for the principles that are noticed within the Nuclear Non-Proliferation of Treaty (NPT).
Replying to questions in the National Assembly on thursday, Mbeki said the principle contained in the NPT, enables all the signatories to find access to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, which is critical" and had to be "respected".
"You can't have a situation where all of us, the countries of the world, enter into a solemn treaty like this, subject themselves to regular inspection by the IAEA to ensure there is no proliferation of nuclear weapons, and then arbitrarily be told they cannot use this technology for medical purposes, electricity generation, and all sorts of other purposes," he said.
"That obviously would not be correct," he added.
Referring to the reports by the IAEA director general, Mohamed ElBaradei, Mbeki noted that, as far as the Iranian nuclear program is concerned, the agency had not seen indications of diversion of nuclear material to nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.
"We are convinced that in order to remove these uncertainties, Iran should be urged to cooperate fully with the IAEA and provide maximum transparency and instill confidence in the international community and the IAEA about the manner in which they use their nuclear technology," Mbeki said.
Referring to the general situation in the Middle East, South African president said his country was very concerned about the situation in the region.
"There is much instability, including in Palestine and Iraq, as well as tensions between Syria and Lebanon", he said.
"The sensible thing to do would be to try to reduce the trouble spots in the region, not increase them", he added.
Mbeki also emphasized on the need to find a "proper resolution" with Iran and not to advance to a situation of confrontation.
"Such a move would be ill for prospects of peace, not only in the Middle East, but in the world", he said.
South African president reiterated his country's position that the matter must be resolved in a way that addresses "everyone's concerns and interests" without any confrontation.
"It is quite clear that if the problem is allowed to escalate, it would have negative consequences that are very difficult to foresee", Mbeki said.
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