India on Friday said it was ready to resume talks with the US over the nuclear deal after US President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would suspend the pact.
“It is a new day and the day will not last long,” said Arun Jaitley, the Indian prime minister.
“We are ready to discuss with the Americans the possibility of a new round of talks.
We will see what is the response from the US,” he told a news conference in New Delhi.
The two sides have been in talks for over a year, and the US has pledged to phase out its stockpile of enriched uranium by 2040, making India the world’s largest importer of uranium.
Mr Jaitly said India had taken “positive steps” towards the deal, including the cancellation of several projects.
He also said that India’s government was prepared to continue to invest in infrastructure projects, including in rural areas, in the name of “sustainable development”.
The two countries signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1977.
The US has been India’s main nuclear supplier since 1984, but has cut back on its nuclear activities in recent years amid concerns over its role in the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the Trump administration would suspend a “significant portion” of its nuclear program, and he said the agreement was a “strong endorsement” of India’s “commitment to its security and sovereignty”.
“The nuclear deal signed between India and the United States of America is a strong endorsement of India and our commitment to its safety and sovereignty,” he said.
India and Pakistan have long fought over the disputed territory of Kashmir.
The nuclear deal has sparked an international row.
Last week, Mr Tillerson said that while he did not want to give any indication of India changing its nuclear stance, he hoped that India would “re-engage in talks with us”.
The US, Russia and India have been locked in a tit-for-tat nuclear standoff since September when Washington imposed new sanctions on India for allegedly breaching the NPT.
India has said it would honour the agreement, despite the US decision to pull out of the nuclear pact.