Going extra length to find substitute for Iranian oil for countries like India: US

WION Web Team Washington, DC, USA Oct 05, 2018, 07.06 AM(IST)

File photo: US National Security Adviser John Bolton. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Bolton who last month met his Indian counterpart Ajit K Doval here, a week after the two-plus-two dialogue in New Delhi, said the Trump Administration has made its views clear to Indians on Iran.

The White House on Thursday said that it's going extra length for countries like India and Iraq to find substitute for Iranian oil. 

The US National Security Advisor John Bolton told reporters at a White House news conference that he had conversations (with Indian officials on purchase of Iranian oil). Others in the administration have had conversations with senior Indian officials, he was quoted as saying according to news agency PTI. 

Bolton who last month met his Indian counterpart Ajit K Doval here, a week after the two-plus-two dialogue in New Delhi, said the Trump Administration has made its views clear to Indians on Iran.

"One of the things I think that's important, whether it's for Iraq or India or anyone else -- particularly that's been a purchaser of Iranian oil -- we've gone to really extra lengths to try and find substitute sellers of oil so that there would be alternative supplies at market rates," Bolton was quoted as saying. 

"That will help. This is something, obviously, the Obama administration wasn't doing at all. And I think this will help toward our effort of persuading companies and governments, particularly in Asia, that there are alternatives to Iran that they can pursue," he reportedly said in response to a question. 

According to Bolton, as the second wave of sanctions come back onto Iran on November 4, the objective of the Trump administration is to put maximum pressure on the government in Tehran. 

"It's our objective that there be no waivers from the sanctions, that exports of Iranian oil and gas drop to zero," he said. 

"I might say, also, that we're not going to stop with the resumption of the sanctions that existed pre-2015. We're looking at others that we can impose as well," Bolton said.