Media Statement

08 April 2015

South Africa welcomes outcome of Iran Nuclear talks in Lausanne

South Africa welcomes the political agreement reached in the nuclear talks between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States) in Switzerland on 02 April 2015.

Iran and the P5+1 have taken a historic step in laying down the foundations of a final negotiated settlement to the Iranian nuclear dispute. The South African government gives its full encouragement and support to the negotiators in the weeks ahead as they work to conclude a comprehensive agreement by 30 June 2015.

South Africa has consistently recognized Iran’s inalienable right to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in line with the provisions of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

South Africa has always maintained that the dispute over the Iranian nuclear programme should be resolved peacefully. The successful agreement on a political framework once again demonstrates that diplomacy and negotiations are the only way to find sustainable solutions to international conflicts. A successful resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue will also provide a major boost to the efforts to reverse the deteriorating security situation in the Middle East.

For further information please contact Mr Clayson Monyela, on 082 884 5974

Issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation

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