Iran has a right to peaceful nuclear energy: India

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 09:48

New York: Emphasizing Iran`s right to
pursue a civilian nuclear programme, India has said that
Tehran should reassure the international community that its
nuclear project is only meant for peaceful purposes.

"India has taken a consistent stand on the Iranian
nuclear issue," Hardeep Singh Puri, India`s envoy to the UN,
said at a Security Council meeting to discuss the status of
the sanctions imposed on Iran.

"Iran is entitled to the rightful use of nuclear energy
for peaceful purposes, and should at the same time restore
international confidence to the exclusively peaceful nature of
its nuclear activities", Puri said.

Colombian UN Ambassador Nestor Osorio, who chairs the
Security Council`s Iran sanctions committee, told the Security
Council about two alleged violations involving material that
contributes to enrichment activity and development of nuclear
weapon delivery system.

"The increase in the number of reported sanctions
violations is a matter of serious concern," he said.

Earlier this month, Yukiya Amano, head of the
International Atomic Energy Agency, said that Iran is still
not cooperating to show that its nuclear programme is

"Iran is not providing the necessary cooperation to
enable the Agency to provide credible assurance about the
absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran,
and therefore to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is
in peaceful activities," Amano told the Board of Governors of
the IAEA.

In June, last year, the UN Security Council passed a
fourth round of sanctions against Iran for running its nuclear
programme without transparency and violating previous Security
Council resolutions along with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation

The resolution, however, did not pass unanimously. There
were 12 votes in favour but both Turkey and Brazil voted
against while Lebanon abstained.

India noted that misgivings about Iran`s nuclear
programme needed to be addressed by "peaceful means, through
dialogue and negotiation."

Other countries, however, spoke more sternly.

"Iran`s behaviour is correctly identified in today`s
report as part of a pattern of deliberate circumvention of
sanctions," said Mark Lyall Grant, Britain`s ambassador to the

UK also pointed out that NATO had confirmed the arms
seized in Nimruz, Afghanistan were from Iran and were intended
for the Taliban.

"The detailed technical analysis, together with the
circumstances of the seizure, leave us in no doubt that the
weaponry recovered came from Iran, despite the fact that they
were crudely doctored to make it look as though they
originated in a country represented on this council," Grant
said. "This is completely unacceptable, and not the behaviour
of a responsible neighbour."


First Published: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 09:48
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