"If a resolution is placed at the IAEA which is more severe than the last one which says that this matter must go to the United Nations Security Council, I can, as foreign minister of India tell you that my recommendation to the government will be to revise our vote," he said. He emphasised that during the voting at IAEA in Vienna [ Images ], "We will take decisions considering what we think is in our vital national interest."
India had gone along with the United States and European Union in voting against Iran at the last IAEA meeting in Vienna in September, triggering strong protests by United Progressive Alliance's [ Images ] left allies. However, the government defended its stand saying it helped avoid referring the issue to UNSC. Singh and Li reviewed bilateral relations, external affairs ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna said in new Delhi [ Images ].
The two leaders have also been in touch with Russian Foreign Minister and have a broad understanding that the matter should remain out of the Security Council and a consensus should be worked out in consultation with the EU-3 (Britain, France [ Images ] and Germany [ Images ]) and Iran, he said.