On 8 May, President Donald Trump announced US’ withdrawal from the international nuclear deal with Iran. Revoking the deal, Trump had said that he would reimpose the US economic sanctions on Iran to undermine “a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made.”
On 26 May, Trump told its allies to cut oil imports from Iran to “zero” by 4 November or face sanctions. Two days later the US State Department made it clear that there will be no waivers to anyone.
“Our focus is to work with those countries importing Iranian crude oil to get as many of them as possible down to zero by 4 November,” a US State Department official told Reuters.
The US stance was once again reiterated by Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to UN, who visited Indian on an official trip, on Wednesday, 27 June.
In her meeting with Prime Minister Modi she said that it was important for India to cut its dependence on Iranian oil and said the US would work to allow India to use an Iranian port as the corridor to Afghanistan.