Nuclear deal: India will not cut ties with Iran

Following U.S. President, Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, and order for  the reimposition of U.S. sanctions suspended under the 2015 accord, this month, Indian Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj, has reaffirmed that New Delhi is independent of any other country.

“India follows only U.N. sanctions, and not unilateral sanctions by any country,” she said at a news conference, reports

India and Iran have long-standing political and economic ties, with Iran one of India’s top oil suppliers.

The Foreign Minister on Monday, 28th May, 2018,  met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, in New Delhi to build support against the U.S. rejection of the nuclear accord.

“Zarif briefed about the discussions that Iran has undertaken with parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action following the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Agreement,” said an Indian government statement, without elaborating.

India continued trade with Iran during previous sanctions, but had to cut oil imports as the sanctions choked off banking channels and insurance cover for tankers.