India has made it clear that it is open to recognising UN sanctions on a country, but not any “unilateral” sanctions by any other country, in a reference to sanctions announced by the US against Iran.
Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday that New Delhi’s position is independent of any other country, following which she met Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who is here to garner support against the US rejection of the nuclear accord. US President Donald Trump has withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal and ordered the reimposition of US sanctions suspended under the 2015 accord.
“Zarif briefed about the discussions that Iran has undertaken with parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action following the US decision to withdraw from the agreement,” said an Indian government statement, without elaborating.
The Iran nuclear deal was signed between six countries in 2015 - Iran, the US, Britain, Germany, Russia, France and China for lifting economic sanctions on Tehran in exchange for limitations to the country's nuclear programme.
Zarif has been visiting leaders of several countries to discuss the future of Iran nuclear deal including meeting the European Union, British, French, and German counterparts in Brussels. The European Union had been trying to salvage the nuclear deal.
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