Monday, November 07, 2005

India opposes referring Iran to Security Council

Khaleej Times Online:
India on Monday said it has reached a broad understanding with China and Russia that Iran should not be referred to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions over its nuclear program.

During a phone call on Monday, Indian External Affairs Minister K. Natwar Singh and Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing agreed that "a consensus should be worked out in consultation with (European countries) and Iran," said Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna. READ MORE

"They have also been in touch with the Russian foreign minister and have a broad understanding that the matter should remain out of the Security Council," he said.

Singh called his Chinese counterpart a day after saying that India may reverse its vote on a resolution putting Iran on notice over its nuclear program if Tehran faces a harsher resolution at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency later this month.