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US reviewing India's decisions over import of Iranian oil, Russian air defence system: State Dept

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The US is reviewing "very carefully" India's decision to continue buying Iranian and purchase of the Russian S-400 air defence system, a top has said, terming it "not helpful", days after observed that would soon find out if it faced punitive measures.

The US is trying to cut off all imports from to zero by November 4 following Trump's decision in May to pull out of the 2015 multilateral deal that eased global sanctions in exchange for curbs on Iran's suspected nuclear programmes and malign activities.

Responding to questions on reports that will continue to from after November 4, State Department said this was "not helpful".

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

"Overall with regard to those sanctions that will take effect on November 4th - and you're referring to the for Iran and countries that choose to continue purchasing oil from Iran - we have conversations with many partners and allies around the world about those sanctions," Nauert said on Thursday.

"We make our policies very clear to those countries. We continue to have conversations with the government of about that particular issue and the implications for the reimposition of sanctions that were previously lifted or even waived under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)," she said.

The has given the same message to all countries around the world, and the has said that the US is committed to re-enforcing all of its sanctions.

"We believe that countries coming together and recognising the malign influence that Iran has had around the world is important. We know that Iran and the government of Iran has taken the benefits that it received under the JCPOA and they've poured that money not into their own population, not into the good of the people, not into its medical hospitals and things of that nature, but rather they've used it for its own nefarious programmes," Nauert said.

Noting that she has seen reports of continuing to buy oil from Iran after November 4, she said this was a topic of conversation with the when was in last month for the first 2+2 Dialogue.

"The had addressed it - I believe it was just earlier today - which he was asked about that question about whether or not India would buy oil from Iran after sanctions are reimposed. And the President said - and I'm not going to get ahead of the President, certainly - but he said we'll take care of that," she said.

On the implication of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act or CAATSA on India after it inked the USD 5 billion deal with to purchase the S-400 Triumf air defence system, Nauert said, "He (the president) was asked also about CAATSA sanctions and possible imposition of CAATSA sanctions. And he said, you know, India is going to find out.

"And India will find out. We'll see. So I'm not going to get ahead of him, but certainly when we hear about things such as purchasing oil or the S-400 systems, it's not helpful. The government just reviews that very carefully," Nauert said.

The Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act or CAATSA is a US that imposed sanctions on Iran, and

In Russia's case, the act primarily deals with sanctions on Russian interests such as its oil and gas industry, defence and security sector, and financial institutions, in the backdrop of its military intervention in and its alleged meddling in the 2016 US

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 18:55 IST