US gives deadline to India

New Delhi: The United States have asked India to stop importing oil from Iran by November 4.

A senior state department responding to the same said the United States has refused to grant any exemption to India and other countries from its reimposed Iranian sanctions following which India will be subjected to same sanctions as China if they continue to import crude oil from Iran, News Nation reported.

“The companies of India and China will be subject to the same sanctions. And yes, we will certainly be requesting that their oil imports with Iran go to zero. Without question,” the official said.

“I would be hesitant to say ‘zero waivers ever’. I think the predisposition would be, ‘No, we’re not granting waivers’,” the official said.

The Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman are scheduled to hold crucial talks with their US counterparts Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis next week where the Indian Ministry is likely to speak about the issue on oil import from Iran.

It is highly likely that India will resist this US sanctions imposed against Iran and will continue importing oil.