India backs Iran’s ‘uranium enrichment’ right

This was put in a joint statement of the Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral meeting.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Published: November 12, 2013 2:24:05 am

Going beyond its traditional approach of stating its conventional position,India has for the first time gone a step ahead to articulate support for Iran’s right to “uranium enrichment” — a contentious issue between Tehran and the international community — for peaceful use of nuclear power.

This was put in a joint statement of the Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral meeting — at the last minute — on Monday since Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov briefed External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi on Sunday.

Lavrov is learnt to have explained there is no restriction on enrichment for Iran,if it is for peaceful uses. Sources said Indian interlocutors signed the statement which “recognized Iran’s right to peaceful uses of nuclear energy,including for uranium enrichment under strict IAEA safeguards and consistent with its international obligations.”

Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and her team worked at the eleventh hour to thrash out the joint statement,firmly rooted in India’s position of support for peaceful uses of nuclear

energy.

The statement called for “early resolution of Iranian nuclear issue through political and diplomatic means on the basis of a step-by-step approach and reciprocity to restore international confidence in the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme”.

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