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India urges dialogue after US withdraws from Iran n-deal

India on Wednesday called for “diplomacy and dialogue” to resolve the Iran nuclear issue and asked for recognising the country’s right to produce nuclear energy. The External Affairs Ministry issued a statement in this matter after U.S. President Donald Trump of the United States withdrew from the multiparty nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that was signed during the previous Obama administration.

“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 programme,” said the Official Spokesperson in a statement issued for the media.

The statement reflects India’s traditional concern for resolving the nuclear issue with Iran peacefully without letting it spiral out of control because of regional rivalries in the Gulf among the major powers. India’s statement however, does not refer to Mr. Trump’s Tuesday announcement on re-imposing sanctions on Iran.

India had welcomed the conclusion of the deal in 2015 as a ‘success of diplomacy’.

Speaking at the Rajya Sabha on April 30, 2015, Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. (Retd.) V.K. Singh had lauded the successful deal reached between Iran, US, Russia, China, UK, Germany and Italy saying, “The announcement underlines the success of diplomacy and dialogue, which India has always supported.”

Urging for a cooperative approach, the Official Spokesperson said on Wednesday, “All parties should engage constructively to address and resolve issues that have arisen with respect to the JCPOA.”

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