Indian Foreign Ministry says Iran's nuclear program is peaceful

Iran nuclear program peaceful: India FM

Sat, 12 Oct 2013 13:45:39 GMT

Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid has rejected the baseless allegation that there may be a military dimension to Iran’s nuclear energy program.

“I was convinced in all my interaction with Iran that Iran was not determined to make nuclear weapons,” Khurshid said in an interview with Russia Today on Friday.

Khurshid noted that in Iran’s nuclear talks with the West “…it was important for them [Iranians] that their position and identity be seen and sense of dignity shown and that proper conversation with Iran was possible….”

The Indian foreign minister also expressed support for Iran’s right to utilize nuclear energy for peaceful purposes under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

“…whatever the Non-Proliferation Treaty allows them [Iranians] under the IAEA dispensation … with peaceful uses of nuclear energy is something that they are entirely entitled to,” he said.
Responding to a question on the prospect of the resumption of ties between Iran and the US, the Indian foreign minister also expressed hope that “the initial signs of what’s being described as a thaw and outreach, signals of positive movement forward, can be taken to a logical conclusion.”

In the first direct communication between an Iranian and a US president since Iran’s Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani received a call from his US counterpart Barack Obama on September 27 shortly before leaving New York, where he attended the 68th session of UN General Assembly.

The landmark conversation between the two presidents mainly focused on the Iranian nuclear energy program.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran categorically rejects the allegation, arguing that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

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