US ready to work with India on Iran oil import issue: Pompeo

US ready to work with India on Iran oil import issue: Pompeo

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New Delhi, Sep 7: The United States has assured that while it is ready to work with India on Iranian oil import issue, Washington may consider waivers on the sanctions to be enforced from November in some 'appropriate' instances and is thus confident of an outcome that would "make sense".

"We’ll work with the Indians. We committed that we would do that. Many countries are in a place where they – it takes a little bit of time to unwind, and we’ll work with them, I am sure, to find an outcome that makes sense," US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo told American journalists - who were part of his travel team.

Answering questions, he said: "We have told the Indians consistently, as we have told every nation, that on November 4th the sanctions with respect to Iranian crude oil will be enforced". He also said the United States administration will "consider waivers where appropriate, but that it is our expectation that the purchases of Iranian crude oil will go to zero from every country, or sanctions will be imposed".

Pompeo further said Americans would be keen to see that the "American products" are able to deliver and satisfy the other countries vis-a-vis crude oil. "I think that would be a great outcome. But our mission set is to make sure that Iran does not engage in malign behavior with wealth that comes from countries around the world, thus the purpose of the sanctions," the US Secretary of State said.

In June this year, the United States said it will impose sanctions against 'all importers of Iranian oil' by November 4. The announcement was also surprising as it stunned the oil markets and also the US allies and even adversaries.

Hours before the crucial inaugural of Indo-US 2+2 dialogue, a senior Indian official said here: "Our position has been quite clear on Iran....We have said that we would not like to see Iran become a nuclear weapon state. This is also a concern for the international community, not just the United States".

He further said: "India is also keen to understand from the United States if the oil import is stopped from Iran or reduced, what would be other sources of crude. Prices are vital because this will impact consumers and overall economic scenario too".

However, New Delhi has been firm that Iran "should have access" to usage of civilian nuclear energy. The Indian side also has reportedly informed the US delegation that some of the refineries in India are "dependent on certain kinds of crude oil". (UNI)