US Thanks India For Its Support In IAEA Vote On Iran Nuclear Issue

Posted on Tuesday, October 04 at 14:52 by jensonj
Indiaís delegation was one of the 22 which voted against Iran at the IAEA, in Vienna on September 24, out of a total 35. Iran also threatened to resume uranium enrichment and block UN inspections of its nuclear facilities unless the United Nationsí nuclear agency IAEA retracted its resolution that put the country on the verge of referral to the Security Council for possible sanctions. However, Iranís chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said Iran was willing to continue its "friendly" relationship with India. "We should not lose a friend because of one incident," Larijani told reporters. "We will have talks with India over Iranís nuclear ambitions in the future." The Bush administration has lauded India's decision and declared that it appreciated New Delhi's support. White House spokesman Scott McClellan said, "We appreciate the support." The co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, Rep. Gary Ackerman (Democrat-New York), also hailed India's stand. "The government of India made the right choice in voting to urge Iran to comply with its international obligations and return to negotiations with the European Union," he said. Leading US Congressmen have welcomed India voting with the US on the Iran nuclear issue and say it will ease the path to bilateral civil nuclear cooperation. [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on October 5, 2005]

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