Cape Town - The United State has warned Zimbabwe against
selling uranium that could be used in a nuclear weapons programme to Iran, a
newzimbabwe.com report says.
The US said such a deal would violate international law and
lead to severe penalties.
"UN Security Council Resolution 1737 prohibits the sale or
transfer of uranium to Iran, except for low-enriched uranium when it is
incorporated into assembled nuclear fuel elements for light-water reactors," a
US State Department official said.
"The government of Zimbabwe is bound by its commitments to
the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and relevant legally binding UN Security
"The United States is committed to preventing Iran from
acquiring a nuclear weapon. We urge all countries to fully implement and
enforce their obligations under multiple UN Security Council resolutions not to
provide Iran with materials that could be used to develop a nuclear weapon."
The warning followed a weekend report by The Times claiming
that Zimbabwe had agreed a secret uranium trade deal with Iran.
The claim was dismissed as wishful thinking by Mines
Minister Obert Mpofu.
"We are free to trade with any country but my ministry has
not signed an agreement about uranium with Tehran," Mpofu said.
"It is fiction and usual wishful thinking of the Western
media. Why would we have a secret deal when we are a free country?"