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No reason for Iran file to remain at Security Council: South Africa envoy

Pretoria, Feb 28, IRNA - South Africa's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Thursday that Iran has addressed all outstanding questions and there is no reason for keeping Iranian file at the UN Security Council.

Abdul Samad Minty made the remarks at a tele-conference from Oslo, adding that the new report of IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei on February 22 indicates that all remaining issues on Iran's uranium enrichment activities have been resolved.

Pointing to the progress made within the framework of bilateral working plan between Iran and IAEA, he added that the breakthrough has helped build confidence in international community about Iranian nuclear program.

The ambassador further referred to the moves by certain member states of the Security Council against Iran, saying that the council should not go to excesses which may disrupt the current process.

Iran and IAEA have had good cooperation, he said, noting that if the UN Security Council ignores the agency's findings on Tehran's nuclear activities, the credibility of the council will be tarnished.

Turning to the draft resolution of the US and its allies against Iran's nuclear program, he said that the draft has been prepared before the issuance of IAEA report and without observing the provisions of the report.

Minty said that Pretoria opposes any non-diplomatic action against Iran, but it calls for the continued negotiations.

Referring to the new allegation made by the United States over Iran's desire to acquire atomic weapons, he added that South Africa is of the opinion that the issue needs more time to be proved by the United States.

He said that Iran suspended the Additional Protocol to Non-Proliferation Treaty in reaction to referral of Iranian file to the Security Council.

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