Friday, February 03, 2006

India/Pakistan:

India Will Have To Live With US Ambassador Mulford’s Statements About The US-India Civilian Nuclear Deal
03 February 2006

WEBINDIA (WASHINGTON) - Indians might be upset with US Ambassador David Mulford's linking of New Delhi's Iran vote with the Indo-US nuclear pact, but he was only articulating the official US position. Mulford's remarks led to allegations that he was trying to interfere in New Delhi's internal affairs. The Indian foreign ministry lodged a complaint, while some opposition parties demanded his recall. Ultimately, it is not Mulford's words but rather India's vote on Iran's nuclear program that is going to make or break the US-India civilian nuclear cooperation deal.

Source Reliability: 6.0

Analysis: It is likely India will vote with the United States in referring Iran to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program. India understands the immense importance of the US-India nuclear deal for their growing economy and will in the end do what is necessary to close the deal with the US.

Analytic Confidence: 8.0

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