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Iran's nuclear issue should be dealt through diplomacy: PM

November 18, 2011 17:25 IST

With the International Atomic Energy Agency weighing options to deal with Iran's nuclear programme, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said the issue should be dealt with diplomatically as he discussed it with US President Barack Obama.

Singh, who met Obama on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit said matters relating to Iran's nuclear programme should be dealt with diplomatically.

With the United Nations nuclear watchdog, IAEA, coming out with the damning report against Iran on its atomic programme, official sources had said it was a "disturbing" development and made it clear that it did not want a nuclear-armed Iran.

"It is disturbing," they had said while commenting on the International Atomic Energy Agency's report that Iran carried out "activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device".

The sources said if Iran acquires nuclear weapons, it would have security implications for the region which India did not want. This is why India had voted on resolutions at IAEA against Iran, they pointed out.

At the same time, the sources noted India's contention that Iran had the right to peaceful use of nuclear energy as per the international norms.

While the IAEA report that came out last week almost accused Iran of trying to pursue nuclear arms, Tehran rejected the report as "baseless".

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