SA welcomes outcome of nuclear talks

2013-11-26 22:39
(Vahid Salemi, AP)

(Vahid Salemi, AP)

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Johannesburg - South Africa has welcomed the outcome of nuclear talks with Iran in Geneva, the international relations department said on Tuesday.

"South Africa has consistently emphasised the importance of a peaceful resolution to the outstanding questions regarding the nature of the Iranian nuclear programme," said spokesperson Clayson Monyela.

"We, therefore, welcome the successful conclusion of the negotiations in Geneva between the P5+1 [China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the US] and... Iran."

The talks resulted in the adoption of a joint plan of action on Sunday.

Iran agreed to curb some of its nuclear activities in return for a decrease in sanctions.

Iran would stop enriching uranium beyond 5%, and stop development of its Arak plant.

The UN would be granted greater access for inspections, and Iran would receive relief from sanctions of around R71bn.

"South Africa believes that this agreement demonstrates the scope of creative solutions that are possible when the choice is made to follow a constructive and pragmatic approach based on negotiations and dialogue," said Monyela.

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