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'IAEA vote won't affect ties with India'

Iran is still seeking diplomatic channels to settle the dispute.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2006 13:51 IST

Iran on Monday said India's vote against it at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would not affect bilateral ties.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency that the votes against the country by certain nations, including allies China, Russia and India, would not change Tehran's stance towards them.

Larijani said despite last week's referral of the Iranian nuclear case to the UN Security Council, Tehran was still seeking diplomatic channels to settle the dispute.

"We are in no diplomatic war with any country and the doors to diplomacy are not closed...not even to those countries which have not had suitable behaviour with us," he said.

Larijani's comments were in a marked contrast to Iran's stand following India's vote against it at an earlier IAEA meeting in September 2005. It had then indicated it could pull out of a project to build a pipeline to carry Iranian gas to India via Pakistan.

After Saturday's vote in Vienna, India too had repeated its commitment to maintain "close and friendly ties" with Iran and supported its right to civilian nuclear energy.

First Published: Feb 07, 2006 02:36 IST