Ronnie Kasrils has refuted claims made by the Iranian media that he had praised their nuclear ambitions. The Islamic Republic News Agency originally reported that the South African Intelligence Minister has 'praised Iran's wise stand regarding its nuclear program.’
Earlier this month South Africa backed resolution 1747 against Iran (after distributing a working paper questioning the need for sanctions and the councils wisdom) which called for financial sanctions and an arms embargo against that country.
In light of this resolution it is thought that the reports about Kasrils out of Iran had caused much embarrassment to South Africa and so Kasrils is now refuting the quotes attributed to him.
|Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils has denied Iranian media reports claiming he "praised" that country's stance on its nuclear programme. |
"I did not use the terminology as reported by the Iranian media at all... for the record, I had fully endorsed the South African government's position in my meeting with the Supreme National Security Council's Secretary Ali Larijan," he said in a statement on Friday.