India has ended all imports of oil from Iran, its ambassador in Washington said on Wednesday May 23rd, becoming the latest country to grudgingly comply with threatened US sanctions.
India had already sharply decreased its imports from Iran and bought one million tonnes of crude in April, the last month before Washington stepped up its pressure campaign against Tehran and ended all exemptions to sanctions, Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla said.
"That's it. After that we haven't imported any," Shringla told reporters during a briefing on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's election victory, AFP has reported. Shringla said that energy-hungry India has also ended all imports from Venezuela because it considers itself a partner of the United States but said the shift had caused pain at home, with Iran formerly supplying 10% of India's oil needs.
Calling Iran "an extended neighbour" of India with longstanding cultural links, Shringla declined to say if New Delhi shared President Donald Trump's concerns about Tehran. "This is an issue that has to be dealt with, really, between the United States and Iran. We are only, in many senses, looking at it as a third party," Shringla said.