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Iranian Foreign Minister coming to India amid tensions with US

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Amid growing tensions between the US and Iran, the of will pay a visit here and hold talks with tomorrow.

The discussions between Swaraj and are expected to focus on the bilateral relations as well as the deteriorating ties between and the US, which recently ended a waiver on export of from the Persian nation to and some other countries.

The US last month announced that it would not extend the exemptions granted in November last year to and seven other countries for importing from for a period of 180 days, which expired on May 2.

US Mike Pompeo, while making the announcement on April 22, warned that any nation or entity "interacting with Iran should do its diligence and err on the side of caution. The risks are simply not going to be worth the benefits."

Lately, the tensions in the have also been increasing after the US said that Iran was preparing some kind of an attack and has dispatched Naval warships, including an aircraft carrier, along with bombers, to the region.

Iran has vowed to retaliate if it is attacked.

With the aim of stepping up pressure on Iran, the on May 8 imposed sanctions on Iran's iron, steel, aluminum and copper sectors, in addition to those applied on several sectors last year, including and

US has also abandoned the nuclear pact with Iran despite other signatories expressing their commitment to it and the (IAEA) certifying on 14 occasions that Iran was continuing to comply with its commitments under the agreement.

On May 8, exactly a year after the US withdrew from the agreement, Iranian announced that the country was reducing its own commitments under the agreement, signed in in 2015 in order to prevent the country from building nuclear weapons.

Rouhani also gave a 60-day deadline to the pact's remaining signatories to fulfill Iran's demands and save the country's system and from international sanctions.

Significantly, Pompeo on Monday made an unscheduled visit to to hold talks with officials on Iran.

Pompeo, who had been scheduled to head to Russia, landed in to discuss pressing issues with EU diplomats, said a

UK spoke in of the dangers of an accidentally-triggered conflict between the US and Iran over the unraveling of the 2015 nuclear pact signed by Iran, Russia, China, the EU, the UK, France, and the US.

"We are very worried about the risk of a conflict happening by accident with an escalation that is unintended," Hunt said it was important not to push Iran back towards re-nuclearization.

The EU has taken a number of measures to counter the sanctions imposed by the US last year to isolate Iran economically.

On Monday, a joint statement issued by the of the and the Foreign Ministers of France, and the UK said, "we regret the re-imposition of sanctions by the following their withdrawal from the JCPoA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). We are determined to continue pursuing efforts to enable the continuation of legitimate trade with Iran, including through the operationalisation of the special purpose vehicle "INSTEX".

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First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 19:40 IST
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