Statement by Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson on the International Atomic Energy Agency Director General's Report on Iran

November 19, 2005

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Related Country: 

  • Iran

Government has noted the Report by the IAEA Director General to its Board of Governors on the 'Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran.'

The Report notes that IAEA has been able to interview individuals involved in procurement who have not been previously made available. It refers to additional documents being made available to the agency in a variety of areas. It appreciates access being given to sites of interest. Iran's approach has been described as more forthcoming.

We welcome the progress made in regard to various outstanding issues by Iran and see this as a vindication of our stand, expressed on 24 September 2005, advocating that more time be given to enable us to reach a satisfactory resolution of outstanding issues.

The additional documentation and information made available will shed greater light on clandestine activities of 'foreign intermediaries', in particular the Pakistan-based A.Q. Khan network, that is of utmost concern to India as they have seriously affected our national security. Greater clarity and transparency in this area is very much in India's interest. We believe that the principled position that we have taken on focusing on the sources as well as the recipients of clandestine proliferation has contributed to this development.

The Director General's Report conveys that IAEA has sought additional assurances in respect of a certain programme and emphasizes the importance of Iran providing additional documentation and access. We trust that Iran will continue to extend necessary cooperation to IAEA to enable the Agency to resolve outstanding issues. This will contribute to the success of ongoing diplomatic efforts and India believes it is important for all concerned to avoid actions that may undermine these efforts.