No sanctions on Iran: Sushma

No sanctions on Iran: Sushma

Earlier this month, U.S. President Donald trump denounced the nuclear deal with Iran, and increased sanctions against Venezuela in connection with the illegal re-election of President Maduro.

The Iran nuclear deal was signed between six countries in 2015 - Iran, the US, Britain, Germany, Russia, France and China for lifting economic sanctions on Tehran in exchange for limitations to the country's nuclear programme.

Iran is India's third largest supplier of petroleum, and India desperately wants to see Iran's South Pars natural gas developed and the gas exported to India, either through Pakistan or through an underwater pipeline through the Gulf.

On Monday, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said India is always ready for talks but with a caveat that terror and talks can not go together.

India on Sunday summoned Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah in New Delhi to protest Islamabad's move, saying any action to alter the status of any part of the territory under its "forcible and illegal occupation" has no legal basis.

The 2015 agreement between Iran and world powers lifted global sanctions on Tehran.

She made the remarks while responding to a question on whether United States sanctions against Iran and Venezuela will hit India's oil imports from the two countries.

In a statement on May 13, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said clearly that countries that "continue to deal with Iran could face sanctions". "This is our position and there is no change in it", she said when asked about possibility of talks with Pakistan ahead of general elections in the country in July.

In a tweet at the conclusion of his trip to New Delhi, Zarif said the "fruitful" visit was based upon the achievements of President Hassan Rouhani's state visit to India back in February.

A statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) suggested that the two sides positively assessed the implementation of decisions taken during Iranian President Rouhani's visit to India.

Bilateral trade between India and Iran amounted to $12.9 billion in 2016-17.

Likewise, India would like to tap into the gas and oil of Central Asia (Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan in particular) and even Russian Federation through pipelines down through Iran to the planned Indian-run Chabahar port on Iran's Gulf coast.

The port is being touted as a way for India to establish trade routes that bypass rival Pakistan.

Sushma also sought to dispel the perception that some senior ministers - Nirmala Sitharaman and Rajnath Singh - had indicated that the government was open to dialogue with Pakistan.

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