African National Congress Deputy President Nelson Mandela returned home Friday after visits to Japan and Britain, conceding he failed to convince foreign leaders that they should keep sanctions against South Africa.

Mandela, angered by the April 15 decision of the 12-nation European Community to lift its sanctions as a reward for Pretoria's racial reforms, had wanted particularly to convince British Prime Minister John Major the move was premature."We reached no agreement on the sanctions issue," Mandela told reporters at Johannesburg's Jan Smuts Airport after a week abroad.

"Mr. Major understands our position, but he made it clear he had his own position," Mandela said.

He said Japanese leaders had "indicated" that they were "seriously considering" following the EC lead.