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. India bans exports to NKorea, Iran
NEW DELHI, India, April 20 (AFP) Apr 19, 2007
India has banned all imports and exports of products to North Korea and Iran that could aid their suspect nuclear programmes, a report said Thursday.

The ban was notified in India's foreign trade policy unveiled by Commerce Minister Kamal Nath on Thursday and is is in compliance with UN Security Council resolutions, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

"The government has prohibited direct and indirect export and import of materials, goods and technology which could contribute to North Korea's nuclear-related, ballistic missile-related or other weapons of mass destruction-related programmes," the report quoted the policy document as saying.

New Delhi has "also prohibited direct or indirect export and import of all items, materials, goods and technology which could contribute to Iran's enrichment-related, reprocessing or heavy water-related activities, or to development of its nuclear weapons delivery systems," it added.

India maintains diplomatic relations with North Korea, and had also incurred international isolation after carrying out nuclear tests in 1998.

Energy-hungry India, which is negotiating a civilian nuclear energy deal with the United States that will give New Delhi access to previously forbidden technology, has repeatedly called for talks to resolve the row over Iran's suspect nuclear ambitions.

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