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April 22, 2007

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Steve Hayes

Did he actually refute it or only deny it?

mike

He denied it. Said he did not say it.

Steve

Ya, just to clarify, he did not retract the statement, I.e. he did not take it back - that would meen that he had admitted to saying it. He denied that he said it at all. Or...rather to quote him, he denied using that "terminology" that was quoted.

Semantics...

THE DICTATOR / EMBITTERED CORRESPONDENT

South African foreign policy re Iran seems to be in a shambles. It
raises important questions about how it is being conducted. I would
imagine that Kasrils would not have felt uncomfortable praising Iranian
nuclear developments but perhaps South Africa's officials at the
foreign office and United Nations viewed the matter differently.
Has Kasrils been damaged politically by this "Iranian??" faux pas or
is it just "heavy water" off the Minister Of Intelligence's back?

THE DICTATOR / EMBITTERED CORRESPONDENT

The question remains... why did Kasrils visit Larijani? Was he informing Larijani that South Africa would support Iran's uncooperative position re uranium enrichment?
Kasril's press statement is bland. it might be adequate for the press here but the EU and US would view its amicable tone more critically.

Most sections of the South African media have still not reported Kasrils trip to Iran. ITS ALMOST SUPERNATURAL should comment on this and draw its own conclusions. Why is The Mail and Guardian shtumm?

mike

Anthony, you raise some interesting points. I unfortunately do not have the answers.

• Why was Kasrils sent? We have a foreign minister and 2 deputy foreign ministers who certainly are more qualified for the task. I fail to see what this visit had to do with Intelligence. As I have said before Kasrils seems to act more as the minister of Totalitarian Affairs than Intelligence.
• I can not prove if Kasrils did or did not make those comments. All I can conclude is that South Africa officially does not support Iran’s current illegal nuclear behaviour. (Which I think is a very good thing)
• The SA media is a disgrace. It should certainly have been covered more widely. Why do you think it has not been? I don’t think South Africans understand the significance of our new UNSC status. If I was the editor of say the M&G I would have a weekly UN watch page so South Africans could see what our representatives have been up to. As a self-criticism, I feel we have not even covered this enough.

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