India upset with hard-line Israeli lobby over Iran charges

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  1. ejazr

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    India upset with hard-line Israeli lobby over Iran charges - The Times of India

    WASHINGTON: Smarting under charges that it continues to cozy up to Teheran in the face of US-led sanctions, an angry India on Tuesday accused the pro-Israeli lobby in America of presenting a ''distorted picture of New Delhi's foreign policy objectives and energy security needs'' by selective use of data about its imports from Iran.

    "India's relationship with Iran is neither inconsistent with non-proliferation objectives, nor do we seek to contradict the relationships we have with our friends in West Asia or with the United States and Europe," the Indian Embassy in Washington DC said in a lengthy explanatory statement, adding, in a sentiment that sought to echo President Obama's cautionary advise on Monday, that "as a responsible member of the international community, India...firmly believes that the situation concerning Iran should not be allowed to escalate into a conflict, the disastrous consequences of which will be in nobody's interest."

    The ostensibly reason for the New Delhi authorized statement from the embassy were reports in the US media, evidently inspired by the hardline pro-Israeli lobby in the US, that India had actually stepped up its oil imports from Iran despite its close ties with US and Israel. The statement, which did not directly name the lobby, maintained that "allusions in the media that India's overall oil imports from Iran are increasing just because its monthly uptake of Iranian oil reportedly increased in January this year are based on selective use of information, misrepresenting the fact that in aggregate terms, crude imports from Iran constitute a declining share of India's oil imports."

    The Obama administration has seized on such reports to turn the screws on India, demanding a certifiable halt to transactions with Iran. India's ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao has had to make New Delhi's case before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has warned players in the region, including India and Pakistan, of "consequences" if they continued to defy US-led sanctions. China and Russia, the major sanction-busters, escape U.S wrath on account of being permanent Security Council members.

    In a more aggressive mode, the Indian statement also cited the development imperative, explaining that the reports pillorying New Delhi's trading with Teheran overlook the necessity of India's dependence on oil imports from Iran to serve the energy needs of its people, more than 400 million of whom do not as yet have access to commercial energy. "Given the imperative of meeting the energy needs of millions of Indians, an automatic replacement of all Iranian oil imports, is not a simple matter of selection, or a realistic option," it said.

    The statement also rationalized India's ties with Iran and its regional policy on three other counts: the familiar one based on India's "civilization" ties with Iran; the presence of six million Indians in the Gulf region and the effect on them of a precarious security situation; and most recently and pertinently, the deep convergence of interests between India and US on the "historic mission" to aid Afghanistan.

    "Iran is also India's only corridor for land access to Afghanistan, through which is routed most of our development and reconstruction assistance to that country," it reminded hardline U.S lawmakers, some of whom have demanded greater compliance from India.

    The statement, while refusing to give Teheran the benefit of doubt over its nuclear quest, went on to elaborate that India has consistently said that Iran must cooperate with the IAEA to address and resolve all outstanding issues about its nuclear program, "issues that continue to raise understandable doubts in the minds of the international community." It said that India believes that while Iran has rights to peaceful uses of nuclear energy, it must simultaneously and rigorously fulfill the treaty obligations which it has acceded to.

    "Our stand in this regard has been, and remains, consistent, well-enunciated including in the IAEA, and perfectly clear," the statement said, adding that "India has scrupulously adhered to the multilateral sanctions against Iran as mandated by the United Nations, and remains fully engaged with the United States Administration and Congress on this issue."
     
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  3. Mr.Ryu

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    Good and no way we have to budge to US sanction why they always sanction against country where the US oil needs are more is there to see for every one. They dont allow protest in US calling it inappropriate but poke their nose and support protesters outside US. Sick sick Us governing peoples
     
  4. StarShip Enterprise

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    sure we want all the high-tech weapons that the Israelis can offer as strategic partner and also co-develop weapons with them
    (which we are unable to manufacture on our own).
    but when a country's-Iran ideology (i mean majority of population) is hell-bent on wiping off Israel from the face of earth,
    we just bury our head underground imagining/wishing every thing will go away, is lacking strategic depth for nation like ours
    where we want a 'security council seat' and be a super power and still pissing off major powers(except russia and china) at every wrong turn.
    if we want a good strategic relation with Israel, we have to stand with them, Iran nuclear program is to only weaponize(islamic bomb) it to target Israel.

    sure we have our needs (like corridor to afganistan, oil), but we cannot forever damn sit at crossroads wonder/dreaming to become a super power.

    Iran-pakistan-china-northkorea have nexus. they have chosen and looks like they are our adversary.

    we need to tread some path, and its definitely not with a nuclear iran with islamic bomb.
     
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    India to US media, Israeli lobby: back off on Iran oil charges | Firstpost

    New York: Tired of being skewered for buying oil from Iran, India slammed the pro-Israeli lobby and US media on Tuesday for projecting a ”distorted picture of New Delhi’s foreign policy objectives and energy security needs” by using data selectively about its imports from Iran.

    “India’s relationship with Iran is neither inconsistent with non-proliferation objectives, nor do we seek to contradict the relationships we have with our friends in West Asia or with the US and Europe,” said the Indian Embassy in Washington.

    The embassy took the unusual step of speaking out on Iran as it wanted to counter the lopsided stories put out by the US media suggesting India had stepped up its oil imports from Iran despite its close ties with US and Israel.

    “Allusions in the media that India’s overall oil imports from Iran are increasing just because its monthly uptake of Iranian oil reportedly increased in January this year are based on selective use of information, misrepresenting the fact that in aggregate terms, crude imports from Iran constitute a declining share of India’s oil imports,” Indian Embassy spokesman Virander Paul said in a strong statement.

    The Wall Street Journal was quick to flash that “India lifts imports of Iran’s Oil” on 9 February and other media outlets followed. The reports raised the hackles of US state department officials and lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who actually grasps India’s situation vis-à-vis Iran better than most American bureaucrats, finally testified before a Congressional committee last month, saying the US is having “very intense and very blunt” conversations with India, China and Turkey on reducing their dependence on Iranian oil.

    The Indian embassy addressed the issue head-on on Tuesday by saying people tend to gloss over India’s dependence on oil imports from Iran. It actually serves the “energy needs” of over 400 million Indians who don’t yet have access to commercial energy. India, clearly, will continue to be driven by its own domestic interests on Iranian oil supply.

    “Given the imperative of meeting the energy needs of millions of Indians, an automatic replacement of all Iranian oil imports, is not a simple matter of selection, or a realistic option,” said the embassy.

    The embassy also gave three other imperatives for India’s ties with Iran and its regional policy: the familiar one based on India’s “civilization” ties with Iran; the presence of six million Indians in the Gulf and the effect on them of a volatile security situation; and shared interests on Afghanistan.

    “Iran is also India’s only corridor for land access to Afghanistan, through which is routed most of our development and reconstruction assistance to that country,” it reminded US critics.

    In a good sign, world powers including the US and Britain formally accepted an offer from Iran on Tuesday to resume negotiations over its nuclear programme, overriding warnings from Israel that it was tiring of diplomacy.

    New Delhi urged everyone to stop beating the drums of war; “As a responsible member of the international community, India takes its obligations most seriously. At the same time, it firmly believes that the situation concerning Iran should not be allowed to escalate into a conflict, the disastrous consequences of which will be in nobody’s interest.”

    President Obama also took aim on Tuesday at Republican presidential contenders who have criticised his cautious approach to combating Iran’s suspected nuclear program and charged that his detractors are “popping off” without considering the implications of war.

    However, the resumption of talks with the ‘E3+3′ – Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the US – after a hiatus of more than a year is unlikely to impress Israel, however, after Benjamin Netanyahu, the country’s prime minister, used a two-day visit to Washington to declare that neither sanctions nor diplomacy were working.

    There is growing concern in Washington and other world capitals that Israel is preparing to launch unilateral military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities within months.
     
  6. panduranghari

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    India's need is oil. Without oil no manufacturing, no weapons, no future.

    The choice between Iran's oil and Israel's weapons is oil.
     
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    iran alone doesnt produce oil. others do also .

    Israel (others being only france and russia) give you high tech weapons.

    iran is also in direct collision course with arabs. so you loose none of the arabs.

    make the call mate.
     
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    It is natural that the pro Israeli lobby will do all it can to deter India. Very natural.

    However, India need not react.

    The US requires India more than India requiring the US is a hard fact both in the strategic and economic realm.

    India has to look after its own interests. Will the Israeli lobby compensate the loss of oil with guarantees? If they do, then it is another issue!
     
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    Indian police arrest journalist with ties to Iran in bombing of Israeli vehicle
    Indian police arrest journalist with ties to Iran in bombing of Israeli vehicle - CNN.com

    New Delhi (CNN) -- An Indian freelance journalist working for an Iranian news outlet has been arrested in connection with the bombing of an Israeli embassy car in New Delhi last month, authorities said Wednesday.

    The suspect has been identified as Syed Mohammad Kazmi and is being held on charges of plotting the attack, according to Ashok Chand, deputy commissioner of police.

    A court remanded Kazmi, 50, in police custody for questioning, Chand told CNN.

    Authorities did not say which Iranian media organization Kazmi allegedly worked for.

    The device attached to the Israeli vehicle wounded several people when it exploded. The same day, another device was found on an Israeli Embassy car in Tbilisi, Georgia, and safety detonated. A day later, a series of bombs went off in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Israel has alleged that the Iran is behind the attacks, an accusation that Tehran denies.
     
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    Why do we always have to be in the middle of feuds? First the cold war and now Iran-Israel.
     
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    Assuming there is no big brother USA in the scene, the Arabs will have no acrimony with Iran. USA protects the house of Saud in return for oil. I choose oil over everything. Its the engine of any economy.
     
  13. hit&run

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    If America could have done any squat about Iran then they could have done way before. Mucking around here and there and bullying countries like India is not going to help. If America want to screw Iran then she can do it alone. Jew in America wants to play clever here by punishing Iran by means other than war as they know there ass will be burnt if they attacked Iran.
     

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