Under Threat of U.S. Sanctions, India Is Reevaluating Its Ties With Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their meeting at the Prime Minister’s Residence, in New Delhi, India, June 26, 2019 (AP photo by Jacquelyn Martin).
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their meeting at the Prime Minister’s Residence, in New Delhi, India, June 26, 2019 (AP photo by Jacquelyn Martin).

After the U.S. announced in May that it was ending sanctions waivers for countries to purchase oil from Iran, India, like many other major oil-importing countries, has been forced to diversify its suppliers. U.S. sanctions have also affected other aspects of India’s economic ties with Iran, making the Trump administration’s so-called maximum pressure campaign against Tehran a significant irritant in U.S.-India relations. In an email interview with WPR, Harsh V. Pant, a professor of international relations at King’s College London and director of studies at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi, explains how the Trump administration’s hard line is […]

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