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India, a Key US Ally, Plans to Ignore Trump’s Iran Sanctions

Public Policy

President Donald Trump may have ordered the re-imposition of sanctions on Iran, but one of Asia’s biggest oil importers — and a strategic partner of the U.S. — plans on ignoring them.

India, a long-time buyer of oil from both Iran and Venezuela, only complies with United Nations-mandated sanctions and not those imposed by one country on another, said foreign minister Sushma Swaraj at a press conference in New Delhi on Monday.

“India will comply with UN sanctions and not any country-specific sanctions,” Swaraj said at an annual briefing, flanked by her two junior foreign ministers and India’s foreign secretary.

Swaraj later met Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif, where they discussed Trump’s plan to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Swaraj said “all parties to the agreement should engage constructively for peaceful resolution of the issues,” according to a foreign ministry statement.

Indian refiners had slashed purchases of Iranian crude to about half their previous levels when the United Nations, European Union and U.S. imposed a broad array of economic sanctions against Tehran. Nevertheless, India continued to import Iranian crude oil and was among the last six customers of the Persian Gulf nation.

What Sanctions?

Despite threats and curbs, Iran and Venezuela remain key oil suppliers to India

India’s oil ministry

Purchases by India, which meets over 80 percent of its oil needs through imports, surged after the sanctions were lifted in 2016. Indian refiners bought a record 27.2 million tons of Iranian oil during the year through March 2017, a whopping 114 percent increase over the previous year

India is the world’s third-biggest oil consumer. The South Asian nation is also expected to be the fastest-growing oil consumer through 2040, according to the International Energy Agency.

Closer Ties

Washington and New Delhi have overcome Cold War-era tensions and grown much closer in the past two decades, in part due to U.S. strategic concerns about China’s growing influence in Asia.

But India’s post-independence history as a leader of the “non-aligned” movement — developing nations not allied with the U.S. or the then-Soviet Union — means New Delhi maintains economic relationships that raise eyebrows in western capitals, including with Iran, Venezuela and North Korea. India also ignored U.S. requests to close its embassy in North Korea, Swaraj said at her briefing.

In February, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani visited India and met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss energy cooperation and New Delhi’s investments in Iran’s Chabahar port.

Trump is also considering new sanctions on Russia, a historic ally and key supplier of arms to India, related to allegations that Vladimir Putin’s government interfered in the U.S. election.

bloomberg



34 Comments on "India, a Key US Ally, Plans to Ignore Trump’s Iran Sanctions"

  1. Manila1 on Wed, 30th May 2018 9:02 am 

    As in the article above, Trump is driving all of the Us’ allies away. Soon it will stand alone, isolated and 3rd world. So be it. I hope he gets reelected … IF the Us stands that long. I doubt it.

  2. Duncan Idaho on Wed, 30th May 2018 9:23 am 

    I wonder if Donald could find Iran on a map?
    Lets be honest, while a good TV Host, and real estate speculator (if you discount the 4 bankruptcies), he is not the brightest porch light on the block.

  3. Plantagenet on Wed, 30th May 2018 10:47 am 

    I find it ironic that Obama and the Ds did nothing as North Korea tested and developed a nuclear bomb and signed a treaty with Iran that allows Iran to continue to develop ICBMs and work on its nuclear program as long as they do it in military sites.

    I thought the Ds were against nuclear proliferation.

    Cheers!

  4. fmr-paultard on Wed, 30th May 2018 11:04 am 

    planetard yes you said something correctly once in a while. are you superatard or i have failed to identify you as one? it’s a case of tolerance of inteollerance. we should put khomeini warfare principle of human wave attacks to the test by deploying women in A-10’s. this is how we improve. we do it by fighting many wars. there’s nothing other than war because it’s easy nothing is easier than blowing hot air though. islam does both of blowing hot air and fighting.

  5. MASTERMIND on Wed, 30th May 2018 11:15 am 

    Plantagenet

    The Iran deal was to prevent them from developing nukes..You are as dumb as they come..No go get down on your knees and pray to your invisible dear leader Jebus..You religious whack job.

    Cheers!

  6. fmr-paultard on Wed, 30th May 2018 11:33 am 

    ^mm^ i’m a former paultard not a bot. i vascillate between hard libtard and contard. i became a blue republican to vote for president paul. my politics is JFK and jeffersonian liberal. bearnie is too stupid to even fit in these categories.

    there’ll be opportunities for iran to get rid of the mullahs and make peace later. for now scrap the deal.

    notice i still can’t sleep the next 30 years for fear of eurotard’s “brilliant flashes” and jesuralem went without much a problem.

  7. dave thompson on Wed, 30th May 2018 11:36 am 

    Who can blame Iran for wanting nukes? The country is surrounded by U$military bases and the Zionists have nukes pointed at them too. Why would anyone be surprised that Iran would show it’s right to defend themselves. Just like Israel always claims.

  8. fmr-paultard on Wed, 30th May 2018 12:17 pm 

    davetard whoa so you’re one of those libtards like me?

    you agree iwth the unemployed chemist living in the basement that it’s possible to reconcile islamic theology, any theory with government issues? that’s what i’d expect from an academist theoriest chemist. my degree is in liberal arts with major in physics and i barely graduated btw. nothing is greater than physics btw. we could put our chemistry department out of service by walking over and present the set of schoedinger equations for them to compute.

  9. fmr-paultard on Wed, 30th May 2018 12:20 pm 

    by the way, any agreement can be broken. the issue then comes down to who is more trustworthy. i believe in suepratrdland and safe electricity along with indoor plumbing. you seem to believe that too. otherwise you’d be in manila and have multiple bf’s but is ashamed of mentioning that. i have bf’s and i don’t have to move half the world to find them.

  10. dave thompson on Wed, 30th May 2018 12:33 pm 

    Hey now listen up fmr-paultard I am no academic. By 10th grade I quit doing homework and still got through HS.

    “Scratch a cynic and under neath you will find a disillusioned idealist.” G. Carlin.

    During my entire life the U$ always found an enemy that needed to learn about the freedom and democracy by being bombed into understanding.

  11. fmr-paultard on Wed, 30th May 2018 12:38 pm 

    whompadi doo dave thomson. you found a convenient boogey man. i bet you don’t know that slavery is codified in islam now do you? it still happening and as recently in libya.

    you can accuse me of being a globalist by bombing them but you can’t accuse supertards for bombing them for economic reasons. having the sea for shipment is kinda important.

    taht’s why supertard jefferson kicked ass islamic pirates in teh mediterraniean. i’m very sure it wasn’t about bringing democracy. do you discount this as a point of fact. you better be because i just blew a hole in your conspiratard tehory

  12. MASTERMIND on Wed, 30th May 2018 12:47 pm 

    My dad just emailed me fake news saying that the planet has cooled over the last two years, disproving global warming.. LOL

  13. fmr-paultard on Wed, 30th May 2018 1:18 pm 

    why do you people insist on no education? i’ve seen enough horror stories from uneducated folks. listen i’m a tard and a college graduate who barely graduated because i’m very stupid. i had a bachelor in liberal arts with major in physics.

    this elite thinks he skips college and it’s fine. reminds me of our resident “expert” from phils. i bet his bf’s do all the posting and they’re college educated.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK3JOlY0V8Y

    This man tells us that it’s possible to have work by motionless objects!

    in other words, he says W != F.d

    I’m a tard but at least I learned that much.

  14. dave thompson on Wed, 30th May 2018 1:23 pm 

    Well OK FRM-PaUlTaRd, Ever here of debt slavery? Promoted by the finest people money can buy. Hows about prison labor slavery all so brought to you by the same bunch of kleptocrats. Hows about locking people up and throwing away the key with no due process in Guantanamo. Lets not forget the fine enhanced interrogation programs put in place by the U$. Hows about drone terrorism brought to you by the U$ military complex media system?

  15. dave thompson on Wed, 30th May 2018 1:27 pm 

    OH yea codified in the U$ constitution slavery still exists if you are incarcerated as a criminal.

  16. fmr-paultard on Wed, 30th May 2018 1:32 pm 

    dave you said a good thing. you said military complex media system…presto! i believe in MSM because i hate alt-tard media. I’m the only one who clearly stated that SENTAPBs (supreamcist extremeist nazi tard preacher bumpskied) is dead. pardon me, supertard experienced alt-tard media fatigue and so did i.

  17. MASTERMIND on Wed, 30th May 2018 2:04 pm 

    Moving US troops ‘to frontline with Russia’ in Poland ‘makes sense’ – Bloomberg

    https://www.rt.com/news/428253-us-base-poland-bloomberg/

    The cold war could only end in a draw..but now with NATA troops and missile defense systems alongside Russia’s border..The USA could play this to a win..All we need is a false flag..And then its game over for the Russians and Putin..

  18. Cloggie on Wed, 30th May 2018 2:07 pm 

    India is a full member of SCO, like Russia and China. Iran is an “observing member”:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Cooperation_Organisation

    It is obvious that India is not afraid anymore of the US now that they know all the major blocks in Eurasia (EU, Russia, China) support the Iran deal.

    Meanwhile Europe if preparing for a major escalation c.q. trade war with the US:

    http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/donald-trump-eu-rechnet-mit-eskalation-im-handelsstreit-mit-den-usa-a-1210241.html

    Europe will be driven straight in the arms of Eurasia and will find a warm welcome.

    Not difficult to predict the next step in case of an escalation: EU, Russia, China, India and Iran withdrawing from the UN, that club of WW2 winners and start all over again with a new body in the middle of Eurasia (I predict Astana, Kazakhstan) as the new seat of a global council, reflecting a multi-polar world, rather than a tool for US hegemony.

    The empire could be over by Christmas.

  19. Cloggie on Wed, 30th May 2018 2:11 pm 

    The cold war could only end in a draw..but now with NATA troops and missile defense systems alongside Russia’s border..The USA could play this to a win..All we need is a false flag..And then its game over for the Russians and Putin..

    What we need is 5,000 Einsatzgruppen on North-American soil, under the leadership of Roseanne Barr.

  20. deadly on Wed, 30th May 2018 2:13 pm 

    Engaging Constructively is doing what Donald says is going to be done.

    Watch where the US Navy is positioned, they might blockade Indian ports. Anything can happen with Trump on the loose. Watch out. Pay attention.

    The Iranian Navy might want to escort tankers and release the tankers to the Indian Navy, all papers completed and filed.

    Trump is pigheaded, has a Mussolini squint in his eyes. Looks frightening at times, tough to give Trump the benefit of the doubt, something is up. A riverboat gambler if there ever was one, one from Atlantic City, even. Be very careful. lol

    Somebody from India, an oil buyer with money to purchase some Iranian oil, has to go to Iran and ask if they can buy their oil.

    Simple as that, maybe only a cellphone call, one executive decision that can be made sans Donald Trump.

    Why should Donald Trump be able to tell anybody where they can buy or sell any oil anywhere?

    ‘Trump says Iran can’t sell oil to India.’

    ‘You know where he can go.’

    ‘He also says India can’t purchase oil from Iran.’

    ‘You’re kidding me?’

    ‘What should I tell him?’

    ‘Tell him he’s fired’

    ‘Anything else?’

    ‘Well, I can’t say it here, somebody might hear.’

    Uff da, Trump needs to sit down and do some drinking. Get over it. Must be on Melania’s you know what list. Why should Donald Trump if Iran sells oil to India. Good Lord.

    What next? Persian rugs?

    One thing about the Millennials, they are really good at making music and accomplishing musicianship.

    millennial music

  21. deadly on Wed, 30th May 2018 2:15 pm 

    Correction: Why should Donald Trump care?

  22. MASTERMIND on Wed, 30th May 2018 2:48 pm 

    Channeling Mussolini, Will Italy’s Powerful Anti-immigrant Populists Really March on Rome?

    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-like-mussolini-will-italy-s-anti-immigrant-populists-march-on-rome-1.6133610

  23. Cloggie on Wed, 30th May 2018 2:59 pm 

    “Channeling Mussolini, Will Italy’s Powerful Anti-immigrant Populists Really March on Rome?”

    The only interesting property of a young virile, fighting age Muslim is his departure date.

  24. MASTERMIND on Wed, 30th May 2018 3:20 pm 

    nn

  25. MASTERMIND on Wed, 30th May 2018 3:57 pm 

    Clogg

    George Soros warns the European Union is on the brink of collapse — and Trump is partly to blame
    http://www.businessinsider.com/george-soros-president-trump-eu-collapse-2018-5

    HAHA! enjoy the collapse you stupid neckbeard.. Too bad you have been to distracted hating immigrants to see what is coming..

  26. MASTERMIND on Wed, 30th May 2018 4:40 pm 

    California, Texas Face Summer Power Shortage, Grid Watchdog Says

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-30/california-texas-face-summer-power-shortage-grid-watchdog-says?utm_source=google&utm_medium=bd&cmpId=google

    HAHA! This is what happens when you try to switch to renewable s..Just like southern Australia and almost happened in Germany..Looks like we might lose contact with Boat..LOL

  27. DerHundistlos on Wed, 30th May 2018 5:49 pm 

    Planter’s Wart

    “Plant, replying to any criticism of Trump’s stupidity with this tired shit about Hillary, Obama, and crew is how children debate and argue. The wart is like the person who got left with a crappy divorce who cannot stop obsessing over their ex. EVERYTHING in their life is defined by what their ex-did, what their ex is doing, etc.

    Oh yeah. The Trump true believers saw him as the ultimate mastermind. They perceived the man’s every move, every word uttered, every breath taken as a masterful move to crush his opponents and implement a plan well beyond the comprehension of mere mortals. The master 4-D chess player, hell 12-D chess player.
    Nowadays, the bright bulbs of this collection of idiots have just shut up, hoping nobody else remembers their Trump boot licking. However, some idiots are still too stupid to see they were duped by a hustler, or they will do the idiot thing of doing anything to save face. These folks will be the loyal indentured servants of those with two brain cells to rub together.”

  28. Boat on Wed, 30th May 2018 8:16 pm 

    Plant,

    The first nuke in N Korea happened on GW’s watch. Republicans were also responsible for the crash on GW’s watch. Let’s not forget Republicans all about free trade and driving up the trade deficits that Trump is trying to dismantle.

  29. Boat on Wed, 30th May 2018 8:19 pm 

    Plant.

    Did I mention 2 wars. All totaled got a black man elected president in a center right country. Not a good run of history.

  30. Boat on Wed, 30th May 2018 8:28 pm 

    Why is demanding a semblance of even trade between countries called a trade war? Because some foriegners spew fake news. You foriegners trade with Iran, odds are those businesses will be smoke and Ash anyways.

  31. Boat on Wed, 30th May 2018 8:32 pm 

    Mm

    There is a moral decision to kill coal plants. No….lol…they lose money because of those renewables. A new world kid, get used to it.

  32. Cloggie on Wed, 30th May 2018 9:16 pm 

    Bill: “As in the article above, Trump is driving all of the Us’ allies away. Soon it will stand alone, isolated and 3rd world. So be it. I hope he gets reelected … IF the Us stands that long. I doubt it.”

    TheHound: “Oh yeah. The Trump true believers saw him as the ultimate mastermind. They perceived the man’s every move, every word uttered, every breath taken as a masterful move to crush his opponents and implement a plan well beyond the comprehension of mere mortals. The master 4-D chess player, hell 12-D chess player.”

    Billionaires are not stupid. He is using the “helping Israel” pretext to intentionally blow up the ZOG-empire, as well as enforce the breakup of the US and liberate the Roseanne Barr’s of this world from demographically drowning in the third world.

    https://youtu.be/HH0AvaG3SqQ

    If DJT unleashes a full scale trade war against Eurasia, that would be the perfect opportunity to erase the dollar from Eurasia completely.

    Further more, Eurasia does not need anything from the US: for Apple we have Samsung, for HP we have Lenovo, for Windows we have the free European Linux/Android, Amazon.com can be nationalised, for Facebook there are alternatives, for Google we have the Russian Yandex, that is almost just as good. Intel and AMD can be destroyed by refusing to deliver chip making machines from monopolist ASML from my hometown, that achieved another breakthrough this month in the realm of EUV:

    https://www.ed.nl/economie/klanten-asml-in-veldhoven-houden-wapenwedloop-om-euv-machines~afca5a0e/

    Samsung and TMC are all the clients ASML will need to give Eurasia the upperhand in all thing IT.

    The America Era is over and DJT is intentionally ending it in order to destroy the swamp and create a new segregated future for white America, post-hegemony:

    https://documents1940.wordpress.com/2018/04/23/donald-trump-understands-the-problem/

  33. MASTERMIND on Wed, 30th May 2018 10:04 pm 

    Boat

    The reason coal plants are dying is because coal peaked a long time ago and we have run out of cheap to produce coal..And a coal plant doesn’t shut down because it runs out of coal..It shuts down because it because uneconomical to mine it anymore..That is why half of all coal plants in America are under chapter 11..

  34. Boat on Wed, 30th May 2018 10:19 pm 

    Mm

    Just for you I will research that. Never spent much time on Texas or US coal history. Won’t need a peer reviewed study. Not saying your wrong or right.

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