12.26.06

Iran's Strategy - Alliance Building

Following the UNSC's unanimous decision to impose sanctions against Iran, India pronounced its disagreement, stating that "Iran has the right to pursue a nuclear energy program for peaceful civilian use".

Following the UNSC's unanimous decision to impose sanctions against Iran in response to its uranium-enrichment activities, India pronounced its disagreement, stating that "Iran has the right to pursue a nuclear energy program for peaceful civilian use".

Moreover India "asserted that all possible efforts should be made to address the issue through peaceful dialogue and negotiations, and that the IAEA should play a central role in resolving the outstanding issues". (CNN-IBN News)

The Reut Institute contends that India's protective reaction towards Iran indicates specific geopolitical trends, which could bear consequences on Israel's policy to contain the emerging Iranian hegemony:

Iranian Alliance-building - India and Iran are in the midst of negotiations on an Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project and have recently been strengthening their economic ties, against US advice. Iran utilizes its international economic relationship with India, China and Russia in order to gain political support in the international scene, in particular within the UN Security Council.

However, India's legitimization of Iran's uranium-enrichment activities can be viewed as an attempt to gain legitimacy for its own nuclear power. The Indian Daily newspaper stated that "India prides itself as an independent nation – different from typical American satellite countries that stand and sit on the commands of Washington. That is where all the Indo-American pursuit of cooperation is falling apart. (…) India is determined to stand as an independent nation – a growing superpower for justice and parity".

Sources:

Aljazeera, 12/19/06. Full text

CNN-IBN News, 12/25/06. Full text

Balajy Reddi, IRNA, 25/12/06. Full text

Indian Daily, 12/25/06. Full text