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India made 'free choice'

A top US official, however, declined to go into the "internal dynamics" that led the Indian Govt to vote the way it did.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2006 16:57 IST
United News of India
United News of India

A top US official has scrupulously avoided linking India's stand in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the Delhi-Washington civilian nuclear deal.

The official insisted, "This was a vote that India made of its own free choice".

US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Robert Joseph made this observation on a question about the possible impact of India's vote in the IAEA to civilian nuclear deal which awaits Congressional approval.

He was addressing mediapersons at the Washington Foreign Press Center on the 'Results of the IAEA Emergency Meeting on Iran'.

Joseph said, "This was a vote that India made of its own free choice, of course. I believe that standing up to Iran is a sign of being in the non-proliferation mainstream and I think the size of the majority that we saw voting on this issue on Saturday is an indication of that."

First Published: Feb 07, 2006 02:36 IST