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    India justifies ties with Iran Wednesday, May 2, 2007 Deccan Herald http://www.deccanherald.com/ Washington, PTI: Nothing that India does with Iran is in any
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      India justifies ties with Iran
      Wednesday, May 2, 2007
      Deccan Herald
      http://www.deccanherald.com/


      Washington, PTI:
      Nothing that India does with Iran is in any way contravention of the
      United Nations Security Council Resolutions. Much of what we do is
      normal between states and done with Iran by several other states, says
      Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon.

      In the backdrop of apprehensions expressed by some senior US lawmakers
      over New Delhi's ties with Tehran, India on Wednesday asserted that
      its dealings with Iran were not in any way a contravention of UN
      Security Council Resolutions.

      Addressing Congressional concerns on Iran, Foreign Secretary
      Shivshankar Menon said he is not sure from where these stories on some
      dubious India-Iran military nexus are coming from.

      "Nothing that India does with Iran is in any way contravention of the
      United Nations Security Council Resolutions. Much of what we do is
      normal between states and done with Iran by several other states," the
      Foreign Secretary told reporters at the Indian Embassy.


      Last week, some senior US lawmakers dubbed India's continuing ties
      with Tehran a "potentially serious barrier to future cooperation with
      the US" and urged New Delhi to "cease all military cooperation with
      Iran immediately".

      In a letter to be delivered to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, senior
      lawmakers led by Republican Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona and Democrat
      Barbara Boxer of California hoped India will "publicly declare your
      intent to refrain from further cooperation with Iran until that nation
      has completely and verifiably ceased its pursuit of nuclear weapons
      and its support for international terrorism."

      India's principles are poorly served and its interests "damaged" by
      its support for the Iranian military, the senators argued.

      Two House Democrats also recently wrote a letter to US President
      George W Bush to press India "to immediately cease
      military-to-military contact and cooperation with Iran".

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