Ignoring Trump threat, India stands by Tehran on nuke deal

Ignoring Trump threat, India stands by Tehran on nuke deal

Notwithstanding American President Donald Trump's threats to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, New Delhi on Saturday stood by Tehran and sought the deal's "full and effective implementation".

After a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Tehran would adhere to its July 2015 nuclear deal with P5+1 (US, UK, China, Russia, France and Germany) and European Union till its "last breath". Delivering a lecture at an event held by Delhi-based think-tank Observer Research Foundation before concluding his three-day visit to India, Rouhani said the United States would "regret" if it withdrew from the pact.

He said that people within the United States would protest if American Government withdrew from the 2015 deal. "We as a country have always adhered (to commitments). We will not violate it (the pact) and will stay on board. It is the order of God. If we are signing the pact then we will adhere to it, till the last breath," said the Iranian President.

Rouhani had a meeting with Modi at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi, where he raised US' pullout threat.

Modi reaffirmed India's "support for full and effective implementation of the JCPOA". The joint statement issued after Modi-Rouhani meeting noted that the JCPOA had been "endorsed by the UN Security Council" and was "crucial contribution to the non-proliferation framework and international peace, stability and security".

The deal inked on July 14, 2015 is formally known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and it is aimed at restricting Iran's capability to pursue its controversial nuclear programme and setting the stage for sanctions by US, EU and the United Nations against the Islamic Republic. Trump has been pushing for changes in the JCPOA ever since he took over as President of the United States.

Modi and Rouhani on Saturday called for an immediate end to all support and sanctuaries enjoyed by terrorist groups and individuals and were of the view that states that aid, abet and directly or indirectly support terrorism should be condemned. They reiterated their strong commitment to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and stressed that there can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terrorism.