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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

India attributes vote against Iran to implications of Tehera

[b]India attributes vote against Iran to implications of Teheran's clandestine nuclear programme for its security [/b]

By M Rama - Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 18 February ([/b] India's recent vote against Iran at IAEA was promoted by 'serious implications' of Iran's nuclear programme for its security, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told parliament on Friday.

Source of Iran's nuclear equipment and technologies also contributed to the vote, he said. 'The technologies appeared to be clandestinely secured and the source lies in our own neighbourhood'.

India, he asserted, "cannot afford to turn a blind eye to security implications of such proliferation activities".

In an uncharacteristic bluntness Manmohan Singh attributed to the India vote to two factors. First the 'objectives of upholding' Iran's rights and obligations. Second 'our security concerns arising from proliferation activities in our extended neighborhood have shaped our position'.

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