In a move that is set to irk the US, India has decided to take part in a nuclear meet Iran is hosting on April 17, 18.
The decision to take part in the summit comes close on the heels of the US stepping up pressure to impose sanctions on Iran for its nuclear programme.
The meet themed on “nuclear energy for all, nuclear weapon for none” takes place days after a nuclear security summit US President Barak Obama is hosting in Washington on April 12-13, which PM Manmohan Singh is attending. Tehran also intends to clear the air on its nuclear programme at the meet.
Sanjay Singh, Indian ambassador to Iran, will represent India in the meet, which will be attended by ministers, officials and nuclear experts from over 55 countries. External affairs minister S.M. Krishna is also planning a visit to Tehran next month.
Sources admit it will be tricky for India to lend support to such an initiative at a time when the US is looking at as New Delhi as a partner in bolstering the global non-proliferation regime.