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14 January 2012 - 10:53

Pakistan has underlined diplomacy as the prime means of resolving Iran's nuclear issue, adding Tehran is entitled to employ the technology for peaceful purposes.

"We sincerely hope that the issue would be resolved through dialogue, and the situation would not be allowed to escalate as another conflict in the region would be hugely devastating," Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said on Thursday.

He added, "We also, at the same time, respect Iran's right to peaceful use of nuclear technology."

On January 10, India threw its weight behind Iran's civilian nuclear program, highlighting Tehran's right to develop nuclear energy.

"Well, we have taken a very consistent position. We respect the right of every nation to pursue its nuclear energy ambitions to its logical level," said Indian Foreign Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna in a press conference in al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Despite the widely publicized claims by the US, Israel and some of their European allies that Iran's nuclear program might have a military aspect, Iran steadfastly insists on its civilian nature, arguing that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

The IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never pointed to any evidence indicating that Tehran's civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.
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