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Top US envoy on Iran to hold talks with India, European nations on oil import

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

A top US on will be visiting this week for crucial talks ahead of the November 4 deadline set by the for countries to bring down their import of Iranian to zero.

in May pulled the US out of the 2015 nuclear accord, saying it had "failed to achieve the fundamental objective of blocking all paths to an Iranian nuclear bomb" and did not deal with Tehran's "malign activities, including its ballistic missile programme and its support for terrorism".

In an attempt to compel to agree to a new accord, Trump reinstated sanctions that targeted the Iranian government's purchase of US dollars, Iran's trade in gold and other precious metals, and its automotive sector.

On November 4, a second batch of potentially more crippling sanctions will be re-imposed on Iran's and shipping sectors as well as its central The US has asked buyers of Iranian to cut imports to zero starting in November.

During his week-long trip from October 10-17, US for will engage "allies and partners on our shared" need to counter the entirety of the Iranian regime's destructive behaviour in the Middle East, and in their own neighbourhoods, the State Department said on Thursday.

India's on Monday said that two state refiners have placed orders for importing from Iran in November.

Iran is India's third-largest behind and

Of the 220.4 million metric tonnes (million MT) of imported by in 2017-18, about 9.4 per cent, was from Iran.

In addition to India, Hook will be travelling to to further discuss US foreign policy toward Iran.

In India, he and for Energy Resources will meet with their counterparts for consultations, and in Luxembourg, he will attend meetings with officials gathered for the meeting of ministers.

In France, Hook and officials will meet with the of the International Energy Agency, and in Belgium, he will meet with EU counterparts to discuss the Iranian regime's continued missile proliferation, the State Department said.

Meanwhile, the US has said it expected all allies and friends to bring down their purchase of Iranian oil to zero or be ready to face punitive sanctions beginning November 4.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 13:15 IST
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