The new Iranian Foreign Minister visited his South African counterpart on Thursday, reiterating Iran's commitment to peace in the Middle East - and a nuclear-weapon free world.
"Nuclear weapons do not have a place in our security and nor should they be in anybody's security," Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif said in Pretoria on Thursday. Zarif, on his first official visit to Africa said nuclear weaponry did not feature in Iran's security precautions: "Security through mutually assured destruction is no security."
"It's a nightmare that we all need to avoid and we all need to end," the Iranian foreign minister said.
Zarif, who was in Pretoria as part of South Africa's 11th joint commission with the Islamic Republic of Iran, said South Africa has played in the global nuclear disarmament movement, a role that he said, should inspire a world free from all weapons of mass destruction and nuclear weapons.
"I believe South Africa itself presents a great model for the rest of humanity to follow," he said, invoking South Africa's status as the only country in the world to have voluntarily surrendered its nuclear weapons.
While Iran's nuclear programme has come under intense suspicion in...