In March, India’s Independence Administration (IA) was sanctioned by the US for violating US sanctions against Iran, according to a letter sent by the Treasury Department on Tuesday.
The IAA had been under pressure from the US to lift sanctions, but its efforts to do so were hampered by the fact that India’s National Security Council (NSC) had rejected India’s request to lift the sanctions, according the letter.
India’s National Assembly has now adopted a resolution to sanction the IAA and a group of individuals involved in its activities.
India has said that it intends to withdraw from the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in a “bipartisan manner”.
The NSG is an international organization comprising the US, Russia, China, France, Britain, Germany, and India.
The US has said it will not recognize India’s membership in the NSG, but it is unclear whether India will be able to formally withdraw from it.
As a result, India has been accused by the international community of not fulfilling its responsibilities under the NSGs provisions on nuclear proliferation.
In its letter, the US said that the IAF has violated the Arms Export Control Act by selling arms to Iran, and that the agency’s failure to do the same has caused the United States to impose additional sanctions on the IAI.
India also faces sanctions from other countries, including Russia, France and China.
India has also been accused of not complying with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), but it has denied the accusations.
The IAF’s letter came as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to hold a bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington on Tuesday (26 April).
Modi will address a joint session of Congress, which has not passed any legislation related to the NSGC.
He will also address the US Congress on Wednesday.