Thursday, September 29, 2005

Iran says it won’t go back on deals with India

India Times:
Iran on Wednesday asserted that all its agreements with India are “still in force and passing through their normal process, denying media reports about possibility of LNG deal and gas pipeline project being called off. “Regarding the news published in the media about the possibility of the LNG deal and the gas pipeline project being called off, the embassy of the Islamic republic of Iran declares that the agreements arrived at between the two countries are still in force and passing through their normal process,” a statement issued by the mission said.

Quoting Iran’s nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, the statement said he described India as a “friend” but added, “we did not expect India to do so (vote with the resolution at the IAEA).” I believe friends should not be judged by a single action.” “Iran enjoys friendly relations with India,” the statement said quoting Mr Larijani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council. Mr Larijani said the resolution passed by the board of governors of the IAEA against Iran “lacks legal foundation” and Tehran expects member states to review the resolution.