Transcript of South Africa's Foreign Minister, Dr Nkosazana
Dlamini Zuma's Remarks after Meeting with the Secretary of State, Dr Condoleezza
Rice at the US State Department, Washington DC, 11 January 2006
Asked on what they discussed with the Secretary of State, Dr Condoleezza Rice
Answer: Minister Dlamini Zuma responded by stating that as widely
reported Iran has decided to break the seals and continue( with their enrichment
programme), "so( we: Dr Zuma and Dr Rice) were reflecting on what that means
and obviously the decision would have to be taken by the Board of Governors so,
there may be a meeting of the Board of Governors to see how they react to that
Question: Follow - up question on how the negotiations
process should unfold and the role that SA should play in assisting in the resolution
Answer: Minister Dlamini Zuma indicated that "Well, It ( such a
decision) would have to be on very clear terms of where we are going and how we
get there, But, we have been supporting the negotiations with the EU, maybe those
negotiations should continue.
Question; Do you think Iran should be referred
to the UNSC ? Do you think there should be an emergency meeting of the IAEA ?
Minister Dlamini Zuma said that"I don't want to prejudge what the Board of
Governors would decide, but the B.O.G would look at all the facts and obviously
all the conditions and take appropriate decisions.
Question: Do you think
the talks have reached a dead - end in terms o their usefulness
Well,I think even if it goes to the UNSC, the talks would still have to continue.
So I think talking cannot stop, even because even if the matter goes to the UNSC,
either way discussions must continue in or outside there.
given the fruitlessness of the talks thus far does SA think that sanctions should
be taken to Iran
Answer: Well, SA as you know is a country that believes
in multilateralism. We participate in the B.O.G, so obviously we will be participating
there and we will support the collective decisions that will be taken by the Board
Question: But do you think that Iran has crossed the red
Answer: Well, I think they have broken some of the agreements that
they had reached with the EU, even though it was a voluntary moratorium, but of
course it was part of the EU Agreements.
Question: Do you have good relations
with Iran, will you pressure them to take a different route?
we have been talking to Iran, we have been talking to the EU, we will participate
in the Board, we will continue, but we don't necessarily have a big influence
Further reiterating earlier principles mentioned, Minister
Dlamini Zuma emphasized that South Africa believes in the multilateral system
so clearly if a Board took a collective decision, SA would be part of that collective
decision, so "I wouldn't like to prejudge what will happen."
On Zimbabwe When: asked whether the meeting between Dr Zuma and Dr Rice discussed
Answer: Minister Dlamini Zuma responded by stating that "It
didn't actually, Zimbabwe as an issue did not arise) "we didn't discuss it,
. we discussed IRAN, Sudan, UN Reforms, so we didn't only focus on
Iran But, we didn't discuss Zimbabwe.
Question: Did Madame Secretary say
that there might be an emergency meeting, perhaps in two weeks time convened by
the Board of Governors on Iran?
Answer: Well she didn't put any timeframes,
but she just said there would have to be a meeting of the Board of Governors,
but she didn't say exactly when.
Issued by Nomfanelo
Kota on 0824593787
Department of Foreign Affairs
c/o SA Embassy in
United States of America
11 January 2005