Iranian Foreign Minister calls Indian counterpart to discuss nuclear issue
NEW DELHI (AFP) Sep 11, 2003
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazzi called Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha Thursday evening and allayed fears about his country's nuclear programme, the Press Trust of India reported.

The two ministers discussed developments relating to issues before the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regarding the country's nuclear programme.

United States claims Iran is hiding a program to develop atomic weapons and has identified Iran as part of an "axis of evil" of countries trying to develop weapons of mass destruction that included then Saddam-ruled Iraq and North Korea.

IAEA decided to delay a crucial meeting in Vienna on Thursday on imposing a deadline for Iran as the United States and 14 allies lobbyied for resolution on Iran's nuclear program.

The IAEA board will be debating Wednesday the resolution, which is co-sponsored by the United States and Japan.