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India votes against Iran

India on Saturday joined the world powers and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to vote in favour of referring Iran to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) over concerns that Tehran is developing atomic weapons.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2006 19:18 IST

India on Saturday joined the world powers and the UN nuclear watchdog to vote in favour of referring Iran to the UN Security Council over concerns that Tehran is developing atomic weapons.

A diplomat at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) attending the emergency meet in Vienna said the resolution, passed by 27-3, puts off any UN action against Iran for at least a month.

This would to give time for diplomacy to work before the next meeting in Vienna in March of the IAEA.

India was working for a "consensus" on the issue at the IAEA's board of governors meet in Vienna and New Delhi had instructed its ambassador at the IAEA, Sheel Kant Sharma, to go with the general consensus over the draft resolution.

Syria, Cuba and Venezuela voted against referring Iran to UNSC.

Five others - Algeria, Belarus, Indonesia, Libya and South Africa abstained.

The decision by the International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-nation board sets the stage for future action by the top UN body that could include economic and political sanctions.

First Published: Feb 04, 2006 16:52 IST