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The South Africa’s weird support

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 5, 2010

Voicing South Africa’s support towards Iran’s peaceful nuclear programme, South African Ambassador to Tehran Ebrahim Mohamed Saley said that no one can deprive Iran of its legitimate nuclear right.

Speaking to Iranian news agency IRNA, he said that all signatories to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) have the right to pursue nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

 He also criticized discriminatory attitude towards different countries regarding their nuclear activities.

On Iran-South Africa economic cooperation, he announced that 30 percent of his country’s needed oil is provided by Iran.

 Underlining the need for further expansion of all-out ties between the two countries, he expressed hope that the existing obstacles in the way of promotion of bilateral cultural relations would be removed.

South Africa is the only country that developed nuclear weapons by itself and later dismantled them – unlike the former Soviet states Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan, which inherited nuclear weapons from the former USSR, and also acceded to the NPT as non-nuclear weapon states.

During the days of apartheid, the white South African government developed a deep fear of both a black uprising and the threat of communism. This led to the development of a secret nuclear weapons program as an ultimate deterrent. South Africa has a large supply of uranium, which is mined in the country’s gold mines. The government built a nuclear research facility at Pelindaba near Pretoria where uranium was enriched to fuel grade for the nuclear power plant at Koeberg as well as weapon grade for bomb production.

South Africa produces uranium from deposits in Precambrian quartz-pebble conglomerates of the Witwatersrand Basin, at Brakpan and Krugersdorp, Gauteng.

In 1991, after international pressure and when a change of government was imminent, South African Ambassador to the United States Harry Schwarz signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. In 1993, the then president Frederik Willem de Klerk openly admitted that the country had developed a limited nuclear weapon capability. These weapons were subsequently dismantled prior to accession to the NPT. South Africa then opened itself up to IAEA for inspection. In 1994 the IAEA completed its work and declared that the country had fully dismantled its nuclear weapons program.

What I understand is Iran need more sources for Uranium ore and if you buy 30% of your oil from a country, you just have to obey them in anyway. For a long time Iran’s regime is looking to find another source to increase their Uranium ore stockpile other than Nkorea same as A Q Khan did before.


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