Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran cautioned journalists that India's relationship
with Iran cannot be reduced to the two votes New Delhi cast against Teheran at
the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in September 2005 and February
2006. Saran said that just because India voted against Iran does not mean that
it opposed the country just as Iran’s multiple votes against India on Nuclear
Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) matters.
Saran insisted that India and Iran have “civilizational (sic)” ties and
despite differences the relationship remained “very strong.” India also wants
Tehran to have full rights to develop nuclear energy under international
treaties as long as it observes its obligations. Basically, Saran is saying
that Iran has to stay within the NPT which expressly prohibits the development
of nuclear weapons by non-Nuclear weapon states. While there is circumstantial
evidence against Iran’s nuclear weapons program, there is
no concrete evidence, which is usually the case.
Disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist A.Q.
Khan operated a network that sold
nuclear weapons technology to Iran besides North Korea, Syria, and
Libya. India believes that a
weapons program in Iran is not in its interest . Departing from its maintained position, Pakistan recently
admitted that Khan did export
nuclear weapons technology.
The US has
cut aid to Pakistan citing gaps in human rights and lack of progress in democracy
but many believe that the real reason is not providing access to question Khan.
Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Spokesman said the
package aimed at persuading Tehran to stop enriching uranium was an
"acceptable basis" for talks and invited world powers to enter detailed
negotiations. The West had even backed off demands of rollback of enrichment
started by Iran in violation of the Paris Agreement but only to
suspend enrichment while negotiations where ongoing.
Saran announced that Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki would be
visiting New Delhi in the near future but did not disclose the agenda.
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