New Delhi, Jan 27, IRNA-The Left parties today strongly reiterated their stand that India should not support any resolution referring Iran to the UN Security Council at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board meeting.
Left parties decided to write to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding the stand India should take at the forthcoming Board meeting on February 2 & 3 this year.
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of Left parties, attended among others by Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) General Secretary Prakash Karat and Communist Party of India (CPI), General Secretary A B Bardhan.
Left Parties also expressed their strong resentment at the US Ambassador's arrogant effort to influence India's stand on the Iran issue, and requested the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to make public the proposals handed over the United States about the separation of civilian and military nuclear facilities.
It is unfair to keep such a vital issue away from public scrutiny, said a statement issued after a meeting here.
India asserted that it will proceed on the basis of its own "independent judgment" and "national interests".
"We have seen the remarks attributed to the US ambassador to India concerning a possible vote on the Iran nuclear issue at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The position that India will take on this issue at the IAEA will be based on India's own independent judgment", External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Navtej Sarna said in response to remarks made by Mulford in an interview to "PTI" Wednesday.
"We categorically reject any attempt to link this to the proposed Indo-US agreement on civil nuclear energy cooperation, which stands on its own merits", he said.
"With regard to negotiations on the proposed agreement, India will proceed on the basis of its own national interests, as acknowledged by the US ambassador himself", he added.
Mulford in an interview to a leading Indian news agency "PTI" contended that if India did not vote in favor of the proposed resolution at the IAEA at the Feb 2 meeting against Iran's nuclear program, the fallout on the Indo-US nuclear deal would be devastating in the US Congress.
He also felt that the initiative for the deal in the Congress would "die" if India chose a different course.
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