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India's tremendous diplomatic efforts helped avert a vote on Iran

New Delhi, Nov 25, IRNA-Official sources said on Friday tremendous diplomatic efforts by India had helped avert a vote on the Iran nuclear issue at the IAEA meeting in Vienna, stayed off a possible confrontation and opened the door for negotiations to resolve it within the nuclear watchdog.

The sources said a divisive vote that would have led to the issue being referred to the UN Security Council would have exacerbated an already difficult situation and might have resulted in Iran walking out of NPT.

Any such decision could also have pushed Tehran into expelling IAEA inspectors from Iran and nudged it into going ahead with uranium enrichment activity, the sources said.

Government was extremely happy and relieved that there was no vote at the IAEA Board of Governors' meeting in vienna Thursday giving time for vital diplomatic space to resolve the issue within the IAEA, they said.

India, the sources, said was in close touch with the EU-3 countries comprising Britain, Germany and France besides having some exchanges with the US, China, Russia, South Africa and also Iran, pti reported here today.

The sources said it was in India's interest to see that a tense situation did not develop in its neighborhood.

India also took into account apprehensions that even a threat of sanctions against Iran could send oil prices in the international market shooting up.

The sources said EU-3 is likely to resume talks with Iran early next month with Russia expected to facilitate it.

The whole exercise is to re-engage Iran in the dialogue and arrive at some kind of compromise.

India has termed as reassuring the IAEA Director General's observation in his report that Iran has been more forthcoming in providing the agency additional access to sites and individuals.

The sources said the message sent to Iran was that while it has the right to peaceful uses of nuclear energy, how this right was exercised required Tehran showing more flexibility.

If there was positive development in this direction, the next sign post would be the meeting of IAEA slated for March, the sources said.

India was opposed to Iran nuclear issue being referred to UN

New Delhi, Nov 25, IRNA-Minister of State for External Affairs Rao Inderjit Singh said India was opposed to the matter being referred to the UN Security Council at this stage because New Delhi did not believe that this was justified in the circumstances.

In a written reply to the question in Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament), minister said, the government has said it was hopeful of helping find a way to reconcile Tehran's need for using nuclear energy for development with the world community's concern over its proliferation.

India's support for the resolution, despite New Delhi's reservations, "is based on the premise that the intervening period will be used by all concerned to expand the diplomatic space to satisfactorily address all outstanding issues", he said.

Rao said, India supported keeping the door open for dialogue and consensus and avoidance of confrontation, he added.

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