Posted to the web on: 29 February 2008 Punishing Iran will compromise UN integrity, says SA’s Minty Hopewell Radebe Diplomatic Editor THE integrity of the United Nations (UN) Security Council could be compromised if it goes ahead with its proposed resolution to ostracise Iran — now that Tehran has star ted adhering to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expectations, says ambassador Abdul Minty. SA has successfully inter vened in the 13- year-old stalemate between Iran and the agency. Minty, who is SA’s representative on the IAEA board of governors, said yesterday that although Iran had not yet ratified the additional protocols by the security council, it had nonetheless implemented them and complied with the agency in terms of access to information. The security council members — the US , Britain, France, Russia and China — wanted the country to completely suspend its enrichment processes and sign the additional pr otocols. They have threatened sanctions on Iran. Their draft resolutions include asset freezes and travel bans on some Iranian officials. Briefing the media in Pretoria via a link from Norway, Minty said the security council should not take any action against Iran before seeing the IAEA repor t, which would be tabled at the UN on Monday. He said the repor t was backed by several US intelligence agencies’ repor ts confirming that Iran was not building nuclear weapons. “The proposed resolution of the security council is based only on the past repor t, which was tabled in November and w hich did not reflect much more co-operation from Iran. “In this new report, Iran has gone fur ther, beyond its prescribed agreement,” he said. “Therefore, it is important not to risk any rupture in the relationship between IAEA and Iran.” Minty said IAEA did not find a “single item that has been lost or diverted to militar y operations”. Asked if there were concer ns within the IAEA about the declassified western intelligence indicating that Iran had conducted high- explosives tests and design wor k on a missile warhead , Minty said Tehran had dismissed the intelligence as false and had answered all the IAEA questions about its nuclear programme. What was now outstanding was the question of w hether it had been arming itself by building stocks of other forms of weapons and that some of the knowledge about uranium enrichment had come from Pakistan. SA would call on the security council to delay a vote on a new round of sanctions to give Iran more time to address the IAEA concerns.