India has banned the export of all material, equipment and technology which could contribute to Iranâ€™s nuclear programme the Indian trade ministry said today.A statement said the â€œdirect or indirect export and import of all items, materials, equipment, goods and technology which could contribute to Iranâ€™s enrichment-related, reprocessing or heavy water related activitiesâ€ is prohibited.
The restrictions on trade in nuclear-related material which could contribute to the development of nuclear weapons are in compliance with last yearâ€™s United Nations Security Council decision.
The Indian governmentâ€™s announcement came as the International Atomic Energy Agency, the international nuclear watchdog body, was putting the finishing touches on a report expected to confirm that Iran continues uranium enrichment activities, a finding that could trigger harsher UN Security Council sanctions.
Indian officials have in the past said that they do not want Iran to develop nuclear weapons, but at the same time stressed that more time was needed for diplomacy to resolve the Iran nuclear crisis.
Communist political parties crucial to the parliamentary majority of prime minister Manmohan Singhâ€™s coalition have accused the government of bowing to pressure from the United States to act against Iran, a long-time Indian ally.