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'IAEA resolution well balanced'

India said the move should not be interpreted as being detracting from traditionally close Tehran.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2006 21:02 IST

India on Saturday said the IAEA resolution for reporting Iran's nuclear issue to UN Security Council was "well-balanced".

India also asserted that its support to the move should "not be interpreted" as being "detracting from the traditionally close and friendly" relations with Tehran.

Shortly after the resolution was approved by the 35-member UN nuclear watchdog with 27 countries supporting it, External Affairs Ministry spokesman said the resolution has won a period of six weeks, before the March IAEA Board meeting for diplomatic efforts to continue and to get negotiations between the EU-3 and Iran back on track.

"It has been our consistent position that confrontation should be avoided and any outstanding issue ought to be resolved through dialogue," the MEA spokesman said.

He said the resolution provides an opportunity for serious consideration of the Russian proposal for a joint venture with Iran for uranium enrichment.

"Our vote in favour of the resolution should not be interpreted as in any way detracting from the traditionally close and friendly relations we enjoy with Iran," the spokesman said.

First Published: Feb 04, 2006 18:35 IST