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Papers to shed greater light on Khan: India

India says that additional documents with the IAEA will shed 'greater light' on clandestine activities of Khan's network.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2006 17:15 IST

Noting that additional documents have been made available to IAEA on Iran's nuclear issue, India on Saturday said these would shed "greater light" on clandestine activities of Pakistan-based AQ Khan network which has "seriously affected our national security".

Referring to the report of IAEA Director General, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna said it states that the agency has been able to interview individuals involved in procurement in nuclear field who have not been previously made available.

"It refers to additional documents being made available to the agency in a variety of areas," Sarna said here about the report on 'Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran' presented by the IAEA DG to its Board of Governors on Friday.

"The additional documentation and information made available to the IAEA will shed greater light on clandestine activities of 'foreign intermediaries', particularly the Pakistan-based AQ Khan network, that is of utmost concern to India as they have seriously affected our national security," Sarna said.

"Greater clarity and transparency in this area is very much in India's interest," he said adding New Delhi believed "the principled position that we have taken on focussing on the sources as well as recipients of clandestine proliferation has contributed to this development."

First Published: Nov 19, 2005 23:13 IST