Iran nuke bid 'is peaceful'

South Africa said yesterday a report by the UN nuclear watchdog agency showed "increasing confidence" that Iran did not intend to use its nuclear programme for military purposes.

South Africa said yesterday a report by the UN nuclear watchdog agency showed "increasing confidence" that Iran did not intend to use its nuclear programme for military purposes.

But it added that further oversight was needed to verify that Tehran was not building atomic weapons.

South Africa's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency said the recent report showed that Iran was cooperating, and did not appear to have militarised its nuclear energy programme.

"There is confidence in the Iranian programme," Abdul Minty said from Oslo. - Reuters

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