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India playing safe around US-Iran fallout

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The United States has walked out on the nuclear deal with Iran. This exit was justified by President Donald Trump by claiming that Iran is in the process of building a nuclear weapons program. No proofs were provided for the same by the POTUS, yet, he made a lot of accusations against the Middle Eastern country.

“At the heart of the deal was a giant fiction,” explained President Trump, even though Iran has been compliant with the agreement. In another aggressive move, the US will re-impose sanctions against Iran.

This sudden move has created an intense imbalance in the geopolitical equilibrium. In India’s case, it has found itself again in a familiar predicament. The Ministry of External Affairs explained, “India has always maintained that the Iranian nuclear issue should be resolved peacefully through dialogue and diplomacy by respecting Iran’s right to peaceful uses of nuclear energy as also the international community’s strong interest in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program. All parties should engage constructively to address and resolve issues that have arisen with respect to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).”

In 2015, when the JCPOA was signed, India took a sigh of relief as it had a lot of stake in Iran. Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to this agreement as “the triumph of diplomacy and sagacity”.

Iran was to be India’s largest oil source. But due to the US interference, India had to find an alternative in Iraq and Saudi Arabia. With JCPOA implemented, India promised to increase oil imports from Iran.

The first round of the USA’s sanctions prompted India to create a framework where it could deal with Iran while keeping diplomatic and clean relations with the US. It looks like that the same implementations will be made this time.


Last modified: May 11, 2018

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