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Cablegate: Lesotho Discusses Iaea and Iran

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TAGS: IAEA PARM PREL KNNP KTIA LT IR
SUBJECT: LESOTHO DISCUSSES IAEA AND IRAN

REF: STATE 7930

(SBU) On February 8, 2010, Ambassador Nolan delivered reftel's
talking points and letter to Minister of Foreign Affairs Kenneth
Tsekoa. After mentioning that Lesotho had only recently acceded
to the IAEA and was considering the additional protocols, Tsekoa
spoke about addressing nuclear issues with his counterpart in
Iran. He stated that when he expresses to his Iranian
counterpart his desire for a nuclear-free world, his counterpart
agrees. Asked whether everything Iran is doing in the nuclear
field is for peaceful purposes, his counterpart says yes
emphatically, because if it were not, they would end up "blowing
each other up." Minister Tsekoa stated that each time he holds
these discussions, he is sure to encourage Iran to continue on
this path.

NOLAN

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