South African Government Status on the Right of Iran to Develop
Nuclear Capacity for Peaceful Purposes
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 2 DATED 10 FEBRUARY
MR DHM GIBSON (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
Whether the Government believes that (a) Iran has the right to develop a nuclear
capacity and (b) this nuclear capacity will be used for peaceful purposes; if
not, why not; if so, why in each case?
(2) Whether the Government believes
that Iran should face sanctions if it decides to unilaterally bar United Nations
officials from inspecting its nuclear facilities; if not, why not; if so, what
action will be taken in this regard? N106E"
(a) Yes. South Africa supports the inalienable right of all countries, including
the Islamic Republic of Iran, to develop research, production and use of nuclear
energy for peaceful purposes as provided for in Article IV of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty (NPT) and in conformity with the provisions of the Treaty.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has to date not found any evidence in
Iran of the diversion of capabilities to non-peaceful activities.
Islamic Republic of Iran continues to implement its legal obligations under the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), including by providing access to IAEA
inspectors in accordance with its NPT Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA. It is
therefore premature to speculate about such eventuality.