Iran says int'l consensus over nuclear deal isolates US

Sushma Swaraj and Iran minister

Wednesday's announcement added to a series of moves to increase political and economic pressure on Tehran after President Donald Trump's May 8 decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear accord. It said New Delhi wants the nuclear deal's signatories to engage constructively with Tehran.

Iran is India's third largest oil supplier and there were apprehensions about possible impact of the USA decision on India's oil imports.

Speaking with Tasnim, a news agency affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Mohammad Javad Zarif said on May 26, "The report claiming that the European Union plans to put forward a proposal to Iran outside of the framework of JCPOA and start talks about Iran's missile power and regional influence is a complete lie".

The influence of China on Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, considered a backyard of India, has been growing and it is seen as a concern in New Delhi.

Replying to a question about engagement with Pakistan at other levels, Sushma Swaraj said the Coast Guard and the Border Security Force continue talking to their Pakistan counterparts.

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

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On Capitol Hill, opponents of the nuclear accord are working on parallel efforts to ensure that any foreign nation caught skirting new USA sanctions on Iran faces harsh repercussions, including massive economic penalties and a possible cutoff from the US financial system.

A PTI report suggested that India and Russia are working on finding a solution to evade legal provisions in United States law which imposes sanctions on countries and entities transacting with Russian defence establishments. India imported Dollars 10.5 billion worth of goods, mainly crude oil, and exported commodities worth USD 2.4 billion.

India has pledged to invest more than $500 million to develop the strategically important Chabahar Port, which is critical to India's outreach to Afghanistan and wider Central Asia.

Regarding Pakistan, Sushma Swaraj said government is ready for talks with Pakistan, but terrorism and talks can not go hand in hand.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said it was her engagement on Twitter that has transformed the once elitist ministry to a people-centric one.

According to a statement released by India's External Affairs Ministry, during the meeting, Iranian and Indian foreign ministers discussed bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.

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