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11/16/05

India's Left toughens stand on Iran vote

New Delhi, Nov 15, IRNA-Toughening their posture on the Iran nuclear issue, the Left parties Tuesday told the Manmohan Singh government to make clear India's stand and threatened that another vote against Tehran at the November 24 IAEA meeting would have 'consequences for the UPA government'.

At separate press meetings at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat and CPI leader A B Bardhan said the Left would formulate joint action in Parliament along with Samajwadi Party and Janata Dal-S, if the government refused to correct its stand on Iran nuclear issue.

In a hard hitting statement, Bardhan said the government would have to 'repent' if it repeated its vote against Iran at the next meeting at the International Atomic Energy Agency meeting in Geneva.

"It is better the government be warned in advance," Bardhan said.

"If they vote again they will have to repent." The vote against Iran in IAEA was 'a shameless surrender' to the US pressures and giving up India's friendship with and leadership of the third world countries, Bardhan added.

"There is no evidence of Iran's nuclear program. Why then this attempt to crucify that country? What do we gain by losing the friendship of small and developing countries?" he asked.

Karat, who also indicted the matter would be brought to Parliament if the situation warranted, said he still hoped that the government would correct its stand on Iran.

"India voted against Iran on September 24 for no reason except that the US pressurized us," Karat said. If the Indian government takes a stand against Iran again, the Left will raise the matter in Parliament together with SP and JD-S, he added.

... Payvand News - 11/16/05 ... --



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