New Delhi: The United States on Friday agreed to let a total of eight countries, including India and South Korea, buy oil from Iran after it reimposes sanctions on Tehran from November 5, a senior official said. The development came a day after India engaged with the US, Iran and other stakeholders on the issue of American sanctions on the import of Iranian oil. Also Read - Donald Trump Orders Creation of 'National Heroes' Garden
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had also said that the US is aware of how oil is critical for sustaining the economic growth of India and that it will continue to engage with US stakeholders to ensure energy security isn’t compromised. “The US is aware about our expectations of the requirement for oil domestically which is critical for sustaining our economic growth. We’ll continue to engage with the US and other stakeholders to ensure energy security isn’t compromised,” Raveesh Kumar, MEA said. Also Read - 'We’re Gonna Have Keeping up With The Kardashians White House Edition': Twitter Muses After News of Kanye West Running For US President
Hours after, the US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert hinted that the Donald Trump-led government is working with other countries on a case-by-case basis on the possibility of sanction waiver for Iran Oil imports. Asserting that the US’ goal remains to get to zero oil purchases from Iran as quickly as possible, she said, “The United States is in the midst of an internal process to consider significant reduction exceptions for individual countries. We are working with countries on a case-by-case basis.” Also Read - 'America Loves India', Donald Trump Thanks PM Modi For Independence Day Greetings
India’s response came after Donald Trump announced that all American sanctions against Iran will be in full force on November 5. “…every sanction that we had on their originally, which would have — if they would have just left it a little bit longer, would have been so much easier than what we’ve been through over the last number of years,” he had said.
Trump’s announcement came in the backdrop of India signing S-400 missile defence system deal with Russia and importing oil from Iran despite the United States sanctions.