India objects to U.S. sanctions on two firms

By agencies   |   Thursday, 29 December 2005, 08:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: Terming the U.S. decision to impose sanctions on two firms here for supplying some chemicals to Iran as unjust, India on Wednesday asserted that the transfer did not violate Indian regulations or its international obligations.

An external affairs ministry spokesman said that the sanctions imposed by the U.S. on Sabero Organics Gujarat Ltd and Sandhya Organics Ltd, under the U.S.-Iran Proliferation Act, 2000 relate to transfer of some chemicals. “Our preliminary assessment is that the transfer of such chemicals is not in violation of our regulations or our international obligations,” he said.

He said the imposition of sanctions by the U.S. on the Indian firms, “which in our view have not acted in violation of our laws or regulations, is not justified” He emphasized that India’s commitment to prevent onward proliferation is second to none.

“We have instituted a rigorous system of export controls and our track record in this regard is well known,” he said. India is working with the international community, including the U.S., as a partner against proliferation.

On Tuesday, the U.S.-media had reported that the two Indian chemical companies along with six Chinese government-run firms and an Austrian one will soon be sanctioned by the Bush administration for allegedly selling missile goods and chemical arms-materials to Iran.

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