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'Iran's nuke not in India's interest'

Another country in the neighbourhood gaining nuke capability might not serve India's interest, said former-AEC chief.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 10:59 IST

Iran going in for nuclear weapons might not be in the interest of India, but that country could not be faulted, former Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), MR Srinivasan, said on Monday.

Another country in the neighbourhood acquiring nuclear capability might not serve the best interests of India, he told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram.

Srinvasan said this was his personal view on the matter as he was not authorised to speak on behalf of the government on the issue.

Srinivasan, who was in Thiruvananthapuram to attend the annual conference of the Kerala State Electricity Board Officers Association, said India could benefit from the civilian nuclear co-operation with the USA for enhancing the country's nuclear power generation.

He said it was also important that India develop nuclear reactors on its own to bring down the cost of power generation considerably.

On the power sector reforms set in motion in India, he said it would be fruitful to have a review of the experience so far.

First Published: Jan 30, 2006 09:15 IST