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Dump Iran or nuke deal will die, US warns India

The warning comes just a week ahead of IAEA meeting on Iran nuclear crisis. Should India succumb to arm-twisting by US?

india Updated: Jan 26, 2006 02:21 IST

United States has warned that India's support to Iran could have a "devastating" effect on the future of the nuclear deal.

TheIndo-US nuclear deal initiative will "die" if New Delhi did not vote against Tehran's nuclear programme, US said on Wednesday, just a week ahead of the IAEA meeting on Iran issue.

"We have made it known to them (India) that we would very much like India's support because India has arrived on the world stage and is a very very important player in the world," US Ambassador to India David C Mulford said in New Delhi.

Washington also feels that the ideas put forth by India on separation of its civilian and military nuclear establishments had not met the "test of credibility" and the negotiations process need to be completed before President George W Bush's visit here in March failing which the "historic opportunity" would be "much less practical".

"If it (India) opposes Iran having nuclear weapons, we think they should record it in the vote," he said.

Mulford's observations come amid intensified efforts by the US and the EU-3 (Britain, France and Germany) to seek world support for the resolution to be placed at the February two of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meeting for referring Iran's nuclear issue to the UN Security Council for action.

The US envoy said an "observation" had also been conveyed to India that if New Delhi decides not to vote for the resolution, "the effect on members of the US Congress with regard to (Indo-US) civil nuclear initiative will be devastating.

First Published: Jan 25, 2006 18:36 IST