India backs UN resolutions on Iran nuclear issue

March 22nd, 2012 - 10:45 am ICT by IANS  

United Nations, March 22 (IANS) India has come out in support of full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on the Iranian nuclear issue but said all efforts should be made to ensure that legitimate trade and economic activities do not suffer.

“India has consistently supported the right of all nations to peaceful uses of nuclear energy in accordance with relevant international treaties to which they are a party,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri told the Security Council Wednesday.

India, he said, also supported a proposal to hold an open briefing along with the Coordinator of the Panel of Experts in April 2012 on implementation procedures to get views of the wider UN membership.

Asking Iran to “fully cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to restore the confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear programme,” Puri said India welcomed the recent exchanges between Iran and the IAEA.

“We hope that the outstanding technical issues concerning the Iranian nuclear programme will be resolved peacefully through Iran’s cooperation with the IAEA,” he said.

Welcoming the decision to resume talks between the P5 + 1 and Iran, Puri said: “These talks should serve as an important confidence building measure and help avoid escalation of the situation.”

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