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South Africa urges UNSC to admit outcome of Iran-IAEA cooperation

Pretoria, Feb 7, IRNA - A senior official with South Africa's Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged members of the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday to avoid discrediting the body by making unmeasured moves concerning Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.

He made the remarks while commenting on a recent talks held by members of Group 5+1 and South Africa over a new anti-Iran resolution.

South Africa would announce its final position on the issue in the next meeting of the UNSC on Iran, Foreign Affairs chief director for United Nations Affairs, Xolisa Mabhongo, told reporters in a press conference in Pretoria.

He urged the UNSC member states to admit the progress made as a result of Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Mabhongo stressed that South Africa insisted on finding a lasting and peaceful solution for Iran's nuclear case.

He also warned the UN Security Council of taking measures which would probably slow down the present cooperation between Iran and UN nuclear watchdog.

Iran has made breakthrough to resolve dispute, ElBaradei

Kuwait, Feb 6, IRNA -The UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei said Iran has made breakthrough to resolve the dispute over its nuclear program.

ElBaradei told the Kuwaiti-based daily al-Rai, published on Wednesday, that Iran is expected to have more cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"Though Iran has made some breakthrough with regards to its nuclear program, I call on the country to have more cooperation with the IAEA," he said.

He referred to his recent visit to Egypt and meeting with the country's officials and said that, in a meeting with the Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, he discussed Iran's nuclear case, the need for freeing the Middle East and Arab region from the Weapons of Mass Destruction, in light of the Arabs' growing demand to produce nuclear energy.

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