Indo-US nuclear deal will help peace: Tharoor
UN Under Secretary General Shashi Tharoor has said the Indo-US civilian N-deal would contribute to world peace.india Updated: Dec 19, 2006 17:21 IST
United Nations Under Secretary General Shashi Tharooron Tuesdaysaid the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal would contribute to world peace.
The deal would help both the nations and the world and help the peace process by minimising the misuse of nuclear power, he told reporters in Palakkad.
Asked about fears expressed by certain quarters that the deal would come in the way of India exercising its right for minimum nuclear deterrent, Tharoor, who is on a visit to his hometown, said he was confident that Indian leaders would have taken care of this aspect.
He said though he was not aware of all the details of the pact, he was sure that the Indian leaders would have taken care of the national interests involved.
Tharoor said it was normal to "make some give-and-take" in any major agreement.
On India's prospects of gaining a seat in the UN Security Council, he said there were several countries which wanted to be in the Security Council, whose expansion would require changes in the UN Charter.
However, being a nuclear power was no disqualification for India's claim for a Security Council berth.
Asked if he would continue in his present UN job even after the failed bid for the Secretary General's post, Tharoor said he would decide on that question in January.
First Published: Dec 19, 2006 17:21 IST