Delhi wants more time for Tehran
AS THE International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors met on Monday to review, among other things, the status of Iran's nuclear programme, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told Parliament that India did not favour a confrontation or "coercive" methods to settle the problem.india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 12:31 IST
AS THE International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors met on Monday to review, among other things, the status of Iran's nuclear programme, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told Parliament that India did not favour a confrontation or "coercive" methods to settle the problem. Instead, though India was not a key player in the negotiation efforts, it was working to find "mutually acceptable compromise solutions".
"We remain hopeful that solutions acceptable to all sides will be found," Singh said, replying to the debate on India's vote at the IAEA in February. Speaking of the meeting in Vienna, for which he is under intense pressure from allies to not go against Iran, Singh said it was "as yet not clear in what manner this issue will be taken up" by them.
Hope at IAEA as US warns
VIENNA: The IAEA board is unlikely to discuss the Iran issue until Tuesday or Wednesday. IAEA chief ElBaradei suggested the UN Security Council might not need to get involved. "I am still hopeful that an agreement could be reached", he said.
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It is unlikely there will be another vote, sources said, but more time will be sought by Russia to pursue the dialogue for a suitable solution with Iran. The Russian proposal seeks to take Iranian nuclear fuel to be enriched on Russian soil, allaying suspicions -- particularly of the US-led western nations -- that Tehran is clandestinely working to build a nuclear weapon.
India's approach in dealing with the issue, the PM said, will be to "pay due attention to our relationship with Iran, the need to maintain peace and stability in the Gulf region and safeguarding our own security".
Referring to his conversation with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Saturday, Singh said, "We do not favour confrontation, rhetoric or coercive measures as these only exacerbate tensions in the region and beyond."
Meanwhile, Mohammed El Baradei, head of the IAEA, expressed cautious optimism about the chances of an international agreement to defuse concerns about Iran's contentious nuclear activities that would make UN Security Council action unnecessary.