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Postby Agnimitra » 19 Jun 2013 01:30

Iran beat S. Korea, qualify for World Cup soccer.
Iran 'in heaven' as soccer team qualifies for 2014 World Cup
Euphoric week for the youth partying on the streets of Tehran. First after the election of 'moderate' face Rowhani, and now this.

Iranian team's coach (Portuguese national) to his Korean counterpart:

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Iran Soccer Coach Demands South Korean Apology
The head coach of the Iranian men’s soccer team is demanding an apology from his South Korean counterpart over remarks disparaging of Iran.

Coach Carlos Queiroz, who is from Portugal, made the demand ahead of a decisive World Cup qualifying match slated for June 18 between Iran and South Korea in the South’s city of Ulsan.

Queiroz said Coach Choi Kang-hee had "humiliated" the Iranian people when he said South Korea’s team had been treated poorly when it visited Tehran in October and was beaten 1-0 by the Iranians.

He denied any mistreatment.

Choi, for his part, has vowed South Korea will make life "painful" for the Iranians in next week’s clash.

The winner of the clash will take top spot in Asian qualifying Group A for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

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Postby Brando » 21 Jun 2013 08:32

habal wrote:
shyamd wrote:"Then India bought our oil very cheaply but is not even willing to pay us with Rupees. This emerged in a bitter report following a meeting between the Minister of Commerce and the Chairman of Central Bank."


that's a very low blow from India. These guys (the Indian petroleum ministry i.e) are increasing our petrol prices every fortnight, yet can't find money to pay their cheapest supplier.


And you believe him ? The Iranians want India to buy more oil but India wants Iran to buy Indian exports with its rupees, which it is reluctant to do. The Iranians would rather buy US wheat than Indian wheat! Yet they don't mention that to the public because then the people of Iran will stones these mullah's for their hypocrisy.

The Iranians are always condescending towards India despite the fact that India is basically bending over backward to accommodate these people yet these bearded freaks keep complaining.

India allows exports of imported products to Iran against rupee payment

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Postby SSridhar » 10 Jul 2013 07:34

India eyes long-term rights to develop Chahbahar port - Business Line
JN Port and Kandla Port, which are in talks with the Iranian Government to develop Chabahar Port in Iran, would like rights to develop and operate the port for 60-90 years. Given the US sanctions against Iran, Chabahar port does not have immediate commercial viability, though it does have long-term potential to emerge as the gateway to Afghanistan and CIS countries.

So, to make a potential case out of the project, India is likely to ask the Iranian Government to assign it long-term rights of 60 to 90 years to develop and operate the port. Two Indian ports — JN Port and Kandla Port — may get the rights to develop the Iranian port of Chabahar, in a first-of-its-kind initiative of the Indian Government to improve connectivity with Afghanistan and Iran.

On Tuesday, an Iranian delegation met JN Port and Kandla Port officials in Mumbai.

“The second round of negotiations are on. A final decision will be taken with inputs from the Ministries of External Affairs, Defence and Finance,” N. N. Kumar, Chairman, JN Port, told Business Line. JN Port and Kandla Port officials had visited Chabahar a few months ago.

The issues to be finalised include the manpower level, salary, taxation regime, electricity and fuel charges, taxes, port tariffs and support from the Iranian Government, among others.

Indian officials are proposing a phase-wise development of Chabahar on long-term operations, maintenance and transfer basis, spread over 60-90 years. As a first step, the existing facility can be modernised, and subsequently its capacity can be expanded. “Two existing jetties, out of the total four, will be given on the basis of operation and management (O&M) basis,” a Shipping Ministry official told Business Line. There are also plans to build two more jetties, the operation rights of which will also be given to Indian port trusts. Chabahar port has one multipurpose cargo handling berth with 1.52 million tonne per annum capacity. The port has good highway connectivity to the hinterland.

Govt funding

Simultaneously, to ensure that a special purpose vehicle of JN Port and Kandla Port takes charge to develop and operate the port, the Indian Government will have to provide suitable funding. “It is up to the Government, and more specifically the External Affairs Ministry, to consider giving subsidy,” a Shipping Ministry official added.

Why Chabahar

India wants to develop Chabahar port to improve connectivity with Afghanistan and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). At present, India has to depend on ports in Pakistan, mostly Karachi, to move cargo to Afghanistan.

“Chabahar could act as gateway port for trade with Iran and Afghanistan. Since India has made large-scale investments in Afghanistan and also envisages future development of the war-torn region, having a port in Iran would help both logistically and commercially. Ideally, it would have been profitable to move those shipments using ports in Pakistan. However, looking at Pakistan’s anti-India policy, Chabahar port of Iran is the next best commercially viable location for India. Iran would not develop a port to suit India’s requirement. So, India is doing it,” said Anand V. Sharma, Director, Mantrana Maritime Advisory, a maritime consulting firm.

Sharma said China had been developing ports around India in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, most of which were commercially unviable due to poor cargo prospects.

“However, China is still going ahead with the investments due to strategic reasons. Also, all equipment, machinery, raw materials and people used for development of these ports would be from China,” Sharma added.

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Postby Suraj » 11 Jul 2013 22:03

Iran asks India to settle all oil payments in Rupees
Iran has asked India to settle all oil trade including $1.53 billion owed to Tehran in the partly convertible rupee as the sanctions-hit nation cannot find an alternative payment channel, industry and government sources in Delhi said.

India has been paying for 45 percent of its Iranian oil imports in rupees, which has limited international acceptability, and was settling the remainder in euros through Turkey's Halkbank (HALKB.IS), but this was halted in February under pressure from tighter western sanctions.

The U.S. and European Union slapped sanctions on Iran to block oil revenues over its disputed nuclear programme, which they suspect aims to build weapons. Iran denies this claim.

Since April 1, Indian refiners have held on to 55 percent of payments as Iran has been exploring avenues, including settling in roubles through Russia, the sources said. The non-payment was seen as a hidden incentive or a temporary relief on top of attractive credit terms offered by Iran to Indian clients.

"The Russian route didn't work out so they have asked us to make the entire payment, including dues, in rupees and we have no problems in that. Soon we will start clearing the dues in rupees," said an official at an Indian refiner.

The two countries had been trying to reduce New Delhi's debts by promoting exports and India recently said it would allow goods to be imported for re-export to Iran as long as they added value of at least 15 percent, to encourage trade.


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Postby Agnimitra » 20 Jul 2013 01:47

131 members of US Congress sign a bipartisan letter to Obama calling for renewed diplomacy with Iran. This is by far the loudest Congressional call for greater diplomacy with Iran on the nuke standoff. Iranian lobby groups are exultant and hopeful for renewed soft approach.

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Postby Austin » 24 Jul 2013 23:23

Putin to offer advanced antimissiles to soothe Iran’s S-300 grudge – report

Russian President Vladimir Putin may visit Tehran next month, according to a newspaper report. Among other things he is to discuss with Iran’s new president is a possible deal to supply advanced antiballistic missiles to the Islamic Republic.

Putin is expected to fly to Iran on August 12 to meet in person the country’s newly-elected President Hassan Rouhani, reports the Russian business daily Kommersant citing anonymous sources. Iran's Mehr news agency said Putin would arrive on August 16, without citing a source.

The trip would probably be the first visit of a foreign head of state to the country after Rouhani is sworn in on August 4 and replaces Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the head of Iranian government.

Russia is offering Iran to purchase S-300VM Antey-2500 air defense systems, according to defense industry sources. It’s a cousin of the S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile family. S-300s were developed for the Soviet air defense forces, but the ground forces, an organizationally distinct branch of the army, wanted a similar system tailored for their own needs. On their order the S-300V was developed and later upgraded to the better S-300VM version.

Kommersant first reported that S-300VMs may be offered to Iran last month, citing anonymous sources. The move is meant to convince Tehran to revoke its complaint against Russia over the canceled deal to deliver five batteries of S-300 antimissiles, which was signed in 2007 but scrapped in 2010 when then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a law limiting Russia’s military cooperation with Iran.

The scrapped deal was worth an estimated $800 million. After it was canceled, Tehran sought damages and filed a lawsuit with an international arbitrage in Geneva, demanding $4 billion in compensation.

Russia is not planning to revoke the 2010 decree which put an end to the deal and came following a UN Security Council resolution issuing sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. But the S-300VM systems are not listed among the weapons banned from sales to Iran and a not subject to the decree.

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Postby Agnimitra » 26 Jul 2013 00:07

US authorizes more medical exports to Iran.
Now the Iran lobby (i.e., who lobby for "diplomacy-not-war" with Iran) is turning its focus on easing financial sanctions on Iran.


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Postby Austin » 11 Aug 2013 21:20

Iran to Sign New Nuclear Power Plant Deal with Russia – Minister

TEHRAN, August 11 (RIA Novosti) – Iran intends to sign an agreement with Russia soon on the construction of a new nuclear power plant in the Islamic Republic, Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Sunday, citing Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.

“Iran has held consultations with the Russian side and soon an agreement of mutual understanding will be signed on the construction of a new nuclear power plant,” Mehr quoted Salehi as saying.

Iran’s foreign minister said the Islamic Republic needed nuclear power for electricity generation, and also for medicine.

Iran’s newly-elected President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday during his first press conference after his inauguration that the Islamic Republic would continue negotiations with Russia on nuclear power development in the country.

Rouhani said Iran needed to produce 20,000 MW of nuclear power and planned to build new nuclear power plants and continue cooperation in this sphere, in particular, with Russia.

Russian parliament speaker Sergei Naryshkin said on August 4 during his visit to Iran to attend Rouhani’s inauguration ceremony that Russia hoped for holding consultations with Iran on expanding cooperation in civilian nuclear power after the Islamic Republic’s first nuclear power plant at Bushehr was fully commissioned in September.

Western countries suspect Iran of using its nuclear program to develop atomic weapons capability, a claim Iran has consistently denied. Tehran claims it needs atomic technology for producing electricity, although it has some of the world's largest reserves of oil and gas.

Construction of Bushehr began in the 1970s, but has been plagued by delays. Russia signed a billion-dollar deal with Tehran to complete the plant in 1998.

Iran’s foreign minister said in February Tehran expected to start joint work with Russia on a second power unit at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant.

“We hope to start building the second unit with our Russian colleagues,” he told journalists at a news conference.

Salehi said Russia was Tehran’s preferred partner in the construction of Iran’s second nuclear power plant, local media reported.

The Bushehr plant's launch in August 2010 prompted Israel and other nations to express fear that the reactor could help Iran create an atomic bomb. Tehran has denied the allegations, saying the facility was used for peaceful power generation only.

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Postby Austin » 11 Aug 2013 21:21

I wonder why dont we propose to build Nuclear reactors for Iran for power generation as they would be under International IAEA Safeguard ?

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Postby partha » 15 Aug 2013 05:27

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Iran-seizes-Indian-ship-carrying-oil-from-Iraq/articleshow/21836778.cms

Iran seizes Indian ship carrying oil from Iraq


NEW DELHI: In a development with serious international ramifications, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has detained an Indian ship carrying oil in the Persian Gulf. Sources said the ship, named MT Desh Shanti, was on its way to India from Iraq when it was detained by the IRGC.

The ship is owned by the Shipping Corporation of India. The development has stunned authorities here as it was transporting oil from Iraq, a country which has overtaken Iran as the second largest supplier of crude to India after Saudi Arabia.

The government-owned ship was detained in international waters in the Persian Gulf before being coerced into entering Iranian waters. Late Wednesday evening, the ship was on its way to the Bandar Abbas port, guided by the IRGC.

Sources said Iran claimed to have detained the ship because of environmental concerns. Tehran authorities conveyed to India that the ship was polluting Iranian waters, but this is being seen as flimsy reasoning.

The development has shocked the Indian establishment, which on Wednesday evening was still trying to gather information on the incident. Although India has taken steps to reduce its crude imports from Iran, Tehran had never hinted that it could resort to such drastic actions.

India has cut crude imports from Iran, a fallout of sanctions imposed by the US and the EU. The cut, in fact, helped India -- along with China and South Korea -- win a waiver from the US allowing it to continue to import crude from Iran.

In 2012, India is estimated to have imported crude from Iraq worth more than $15 billion. IOC is the largest importer of crude oil from Iraq. In October 2010, Iraq replaced Iran as the country with the third largest proven reserves of 143.1 billion barrels of oil.

For India, it is not far-fetched to draw the conclusion that Tehran is peeved with India's rising crude imports from Iraq and that the seizure of the ship may be a way of showing its displeasure. But this doesn't just have consequences for India-Iran ties but also internationally, as it will raise questions about what Tehran intends to do in the Persian Gulf where it has even threatened use of force in the past to show its influence in the oil trade.

Iranian authorities are known to have recently threatened that Tehran will block the crucial Strait of Hormuz oil trade route in the face of sanctions imposed by western countries. The Strait of Hormuz links the Gulf with the Indian Ocean, facilitating transport of oil from major oil producing countries like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar. Iran's vice-president Mohammad Reza Rahimi had warned in 2011 that "not a drop of oil'' would be allowed to pass through the Strait of Hormuz if more sanctions were imposed on Iran.

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Postby arun » 15 Aug 2013 08:34



This seizing of an Oil Tanker of the Shipping Corporation of India Ltd., a company in which the Government of India owns a controlling interest, in international waters, is a blatantly unfriendly act by Iran.

I hope this blatantly unfriendly act by Iran is not met with the usual diffident meekness that the Gandhi-Nehru family controlled Congress party led UPA administration of PM Manmohan Singh is famous for delivering when presented with bellicose actions by countries in our neighbourhood.

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Postby Vikas » 15 Aug 2013 10:51

Ah! This will not even make on Page-3 for the political class. Gutless, spineless and bereft of any self respect.

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Postby vishvak » 15 Aug 2013 11:38

It is much better to resolve this peacefully for its enormous benefits and goodwill. The other choice is to be stuck in unfair dual pricing mechanisms that cost much more.

British Petroleum seems to make huge benefits out of unfair dual pricing models while blaming gulf countries. These days even Americans want to sell gas to Indians - through BP only - against Iranians selling gas to India in Rupee account that costs India no foreign exchange at all and increase huge amount of exports for oil.

We should have been actively protecting Iranian exports to India.

Instead, as oil and gas importing country, Indians seem to be happy being blackmailed by unfair trading practices by supposedly civilized who don't get tired of lecturing others on benefits of competition and fair trading practics.

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Postby Agnimitra » 15 Aug 2013 12:14

This impudence demonstrates that the Iranians believe the Indian political class to be a bunch of corrupt, effete chankians whose lust for ill-gotten wealth is only exceeded by their fear of arm-twisting and having their apple-cart overturned. [/end rant]

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Postby Singha » 15 Aug 2013 13:24

+1. the GOI will not do anything to defend our maritime interests.
I only hope the sailors are not mistreated and released soon.

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Postby Austin » 15 Aug 2013 13:46

Since the ship is been impounded on Environmental charges flimsy or not , likely they will be released after some intervention by Indian Embassy in Iran , dont see any thing more happening there.

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Postby vishvak » 15 Aug 2013 13:58

Indians could send a force to escort it once it is released. It will be better if Iranians join too. It may give some unknown insights into why it costs any insurance at all when ships from Iran and India do business.

Is it just politics or are there concrete reasons why there are few companies like British Petroleum that offer petroleum industry specific 'exclusive' services - middleman for trade etc.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby chaanakya » 17 Aug 2013 21:49

Iran continues detention of Indian ship carrying oil, hectic negotiations on



PTI | Aug 17, 2013, 08.19 PM IST
NEW DELHI: Iran continues to detain Indian oil ship citing environment concerns for the sixth day on Saturday even as the two countries are involved in hectic negotiations to resolve the issue.

MT Desh Shanti, the oil ship belonging to the country's largest ocean liner Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), was apprehended on 12th August in Persian Gulf by Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and taken to Bandar Abbas port while carrying crude from Bashra in Iraq.

India, through its mission in Tehran, is engaged in hectic negotiations for release of the tanker, the spokesperson in the ministry of external affairs said.


The development comes at a time when India, the world's fourth-largest oil importer, has significantly reduced its import of crude oil from Iran following severe financial sanctions from the western countries against the Islamic republic.

Meanwhile, Iranian embassy in a statement had said yesterday that the detention was "purely a technical and non -political issue".

"The officials of the shipping authorities of the two countries are engaged in constructive and positive interaction to resolve it according to the international law as soon as possible," the statement had said, adding the vessel was detained following a warning from the Marine Emergency Mutual Aid Center, a Bahrain-based organisation which fights marine pollution.

However, denying that the tanker polluted the seas, a senior Shipping Ministry official told PTI that "maritime authorities and international surveyors have inspected the ship, which is only nine years old, built in 2004.

"It was alleged that it caused pollution on July 30th but the fact remains that the tanker was not carrying crude on that date."

India's crude imports from Iran plunged by more than 26.5 per cent in the 2012-13 financial year (April-March) as US and European sanctions on Tehran combined to make it difficult for Indian refiners to ship Iranian oil.

Imports of Iranian crude fell to 13.3 million mt, or close to 267,100 b/d, in 2012-13 from 18.1 million mt, or around 362,500 b/d, in 2011-12.

Earlier sources had said Iran had slipped to sixth place among India's top crude suppliers in the year to March 31 from second place behind OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia in the previous financial year.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby member_23692 » 17 Aug 2013 22:37

Agnimitra wrote:This impudence demonstrates that the Iranians believe the Indian political class to be a bunch of corrupt, effete chankians whose lust for ill-gotten wealth is only exceeded by their fear of arm-twisting and having their apple-cart overturned. [/end rant]



It is amazing, how "Chankian" has become a dirty word now. We in this forum have so overused this word and twisted it around to mean something which it was never meant to be. We have changed the meaning of the term "Chankian" to now mean "effate, corrupt, sorry apology for non-action due to corruption, slimy, cunning", all that the REAL Chanakya was not (just to clarify, I am not referring to our Chanakya on this forum here in any way, shape or form).

Why are we doing this to one of the few Heroes from Indian history.

Not on this forum, but I hear a lot of the same "using" and citation of Lord Krishna by slimeballs in the general Indian society to justify their own nefarious and sometimes criminal acts. "Lord Krishna too used expedient means" they say, "he was instrumental in killing the unarmed and defenseless Karna too", they proclaim, as they merrily go along corrupting everything in sight and wallowing in all kinds of corruption known to man.

Anybody who hijacks an Indian ship in international waters is an enemy and should be treated as one - pseudo Chankianism notwithstanding. And if we dont, we are simply making excuses for our own shortcomings and lack of defense capabilities.

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Postby Agnimitra » 17 Aug 2013 23:41

^^^ rsangram ji,
Chill out. I was not referring to the real Vishnugupta Chanakya at all. But on BRF many of us use the Paki misspelling "chankia" to refer to those effete, corrupt Indian leaders who think that there is some great cunning and confidential wisdom in non-action where action is required, or succumbing where fight is required.

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Postby devesh » 17 Aug 2013 23:55

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Postby member_23692 » 18 Aug 2013 00:12

Agnimitra wrote:^^^ rsangram ji,
Chill out. I was not referring to the real Vishnugupta Chanakya at all. But on BRF many of us use the Paki misspelling "chankia" to refer to those effete, corrupt Indian leaders who think that there is some great cunning and confidential wisdom in non-action where action is required, or succumbing where fight is required.


Agnimitra,

My post was not directed at you, but at those who have soiled Vishnugupta's name. Your post was right on the money.

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Postby Agnimitra » 18 Aug 2013 03:29

^^ OK. Yes, on BRF there are some of us who use Paki expletives like chankian, dhoti-shivering, hindoo, bania and shoodars, etc. in good fun. But other members don't find it funny. :)

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Postby gunjur » 20 Aug 2013 15:54



Here the former diplomat vivek katju, says chabahar being outside shia heartland, the iraninas have inhibitions on developing this to a bigger level. Also in A'stan, this being not the traditional route of trade, even there, inhibitions are there on making this big by the traditional interests.

Also on trade, more than oil sanctions , problems are cropping upwhile making financial transactions which are hampering trade. It was also mentioned, private players are very vary of crossing paths with US, EU.

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Postby Rony » 22 Aug 2013 08:19

State sponsored piracy and blackmail by I-ran

Iran seeks $1 million guarantee money to release tanker

With the impasse over Iran's "illegal detention'' of an Indian ship continuing, the government on Wednesday described the situation as delicate. Iran is now learnt to have demanded $1 million as guarantee money for releasing MT DeshShanti which was on its way to India, carrying 140,000 tonnes of crude from Iraq, when it was detained in international waters by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on August 13.

The foreign ministry said despite intensive negotiations, the two countries were not able to resolve the situation. The detention of the ship and the manner in which it was forcibly taken to Bandar Abbas port had stunned Indian authorities who were left wondering why Iran had acted like that with the ship of a friendly country.

The Wall Street Journal quoted an official of the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) on Wednesday as saying that Tehran wanted the guarantee money as compensation for the environmental damage allegedly caused by the ship.

The government on Tuesday sent technical staff of SCI to Iran to examine the ship and clarify to local authorities that the vessel had clearance from independent surveyors when it is supposed to have discharged oily ballast into Iranian waters.

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Postby Rony » 22 Aug 2013 18:08

Is there any progress on the Investigations/convictions of the Iranians misusing Indian soil for their terrorist activities ? Meanwhile,

Two Iranian bombers get long prison sentences for possessing explosives & attempted murder of police officer last year on Sukhumvit in Bangkok.


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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby vishvak » 01 Sep 2013 17:04

More on Iran detaining ship to India link
There are two kind of sanctions here:
sanctions from U.N.
sanctions from USA

Diplomats are not able to find solutions via diplomacy perhaps that's why now it has come to courts and then more. Over that 'international' banks looking to initiate legal action against Irani ships in India and now unnecessary litigation process over years.

...
Nordbank AG — the bank involved in the transaction over the vessel — was on the lookout to initiate legal action.

The firm chose to act when the vessel was berthed in India. Invoking admiralty rules and maritime laws that apply on international waters, Nordbank filed a petition in the Bombay High Court in August 2011, seeking a stay on the movement of the vessel just days before it was to sail out.
...
the question was whether the payment of security money from the UCO Bank account for the release of an IRISL entity would attract sanctions.
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Postby Agnimitra » 19 Sep 2013 06:22

JwalaMukhi wrote:http://forums.bharat-rakshak.com/viewtopic.php?p=1512940#p1512940
Iran's new government scraps oil and gas connections to India

The new government in Iran has withdrawn all crucial oil and gas concessions that had been promised to India by its predecessor.

Oil minister Bijan N Zangeneh, it is learnt, told Indian ambassador D P Srivastava on September 1 that Tehran would not accept the entire payment for crude oil imported by India in rupees as agreed in July.


India was banking on 100 per cent rupee payment for Iranian crude to cut its forex outflow. Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily had assured Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last month that an additional 11 million tonnes would be imported from Iran in 2013-14 to save $ 8.47 billion.


Well, some of the dreams were based on huddling of Russia-Iran etc, for strategic sphere. Islamic imperialism is not good be it of shia or sunni variety w.r.t Indian interests. Oh well, there is still ample time to learn.

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Postby Philip » 19 Sep 2013 18:57

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/s ... ns-rouhani

Rouhani: Iran will never seek to build nuclear weapons
In interview with NBC, new president insists his country has no intention of developing weapons of mass destruction

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Postby Agnimitra » 20 Sep 2013 02:39

^^^ Yeah sure, this guy is a straight talker alright. Recently when asked whether the Holocaust occured or not, Rouhani answered - "I'm not a historian. I'm a politician."

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Postby Samudragupta » 20 Sep 2013 23:24

Shiite Militiamen From Across the Arab World Train at a Base Near Tehran to Do Battle in Syria

At a base near Tehran, Iranian forces are training Shiite militiamen from across the Arab world to do battle in Syria—showing the widening role of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard Corps in Syria's bloody war.

The busloads of Shiite militiamen from Iraq, Syria and other Arab states have been arriving at the Iranian base in recent weeks, under cover of darkness, for instruction in urban warfare and the teachings of Iran's clerics, according to Iranian military figures and residents in the area. The fighters' mission: Fortify the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad against Sunni rebels, the U.S. and Israel.

Iran's widening role in Syria has helped Mr. Assad climb back from near-defeat in less than a year. The role of Iran's training camp for Shiite fighters hasn't previously been disclosed.

The fighters "are told that the war in Syria is akin to [an] epic battle for Shiite Islam, and if they die they will be martyrs of the highest rank," says an Iranian military officer briefed on the training camp, which is 15 miles outside Tehran and called Amir Al-Momenin, or Commander of the Faithful.

The training of thousands of fighters is an outgrowth of Iran's decision last year to immerse itself in the Syrian civil war on behalf of its struggling ally, the Assad regime, in an effort to shift the balance of power in the Middle East. Syria's bloodshed is shaping into more than a civil war: It is now a proxy war among regional powers jockeying for influence in the wake of the Arab Spring revolutions.
On one side of this proxy war is Mr. Assad, backed by Iran, Russia and Shiite militias. On the other side, the rebels, backed by Saudi Arabia, Arab states and the U.S.

This account of the expanded involvement in Syria of Iran's Revolutionary Guards is based on interviews with individuals with direct knowledge of the Guards' activities, including Syrian and Arab Shiite fighters, members of the Guards, high-ranking military personnel in Iran and an adviser to Hezbollah, the Iran-backed militant force and political party in Lebanon. The Guards, a military unit tasked with safeguarding Iran against external or internal threats, is also a powerful political and economic organization.

On Friday, Dutch television broadcast a video described as having been made by a Guards filmmaker in Syria that shows Guards members living in a school in the city of Aleppo and meeting with the local Syrian army commander. In the video, the Guards commander in Aleppo says he has been commanding Syrian Army units for a year and a half and that Iran is training fighters from around the Arab world to fight in Syria.

A senior official at Iran's mission to the United Nations says, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has no military involvement in Syria." The official, Alireza Miryousefi, says the main obstacle to peace in Syria is "the foreign financial and military support that Syrian rebels receive from some Arab and Western countries."
Just over a year ago, U.S. officials publicly described Mr. Assad's fall as imminent. That would have been a major blow for Iran: Syria is Iran's most important Arab ally and serves as a land bridge for Iranian arms and cash to Lebanese and Palestinian militias fighting Israel. Last summer, after Syrian rebels captured large sections of the important northern city of Aleppo, the senior command of the Revolutionary Guards sprang into action, according to U.S. officials and Guards members in Iran. Under its overseas commander, Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the military unit established "operation rooms" to control cooperation between Tehran, Syrian forces and fighters from Hezbollah, Lebanon's most powerful military force and a creation of the Guards in the 1980s, according to U.S. and Arab officials and Guards members.

Two senior commanders who oversaw Tehran's 2009 crackdown on Iranian pro-democracy protesters—Generals Hossein Hamadani and Yadollah Javani—were deployed to Syria, according to U.S. officials and Guards members. Gen. Soleimani also sent top Guards personnel who had run counterinsurgency campaigns against Iran's own rebel movements, these people say.

Some Revolutionary Guards military advisers and counterinsurgency experts have gone into battle alongside Mr. Assad's forces and militias to secure key victories, say these officials. Iranian websites tied to the Guards have memorialized the names of Guards members described as Iranian "martyrs" killed in the Syrian civil war. The sites publish pictures of the funerals and report that Guards commanders sometimes give speeches.

The Guards and Gen. Soleimani also are mobilizing thousands of fighters from Arab countries, primarily Lebanon and Iraq, to fortify Mr. Assad's security forces, training them at camps like Amir Al-Momenin, say these officials.

The Amir Al-Momenin camp, home to the Guards' ballistic missile arsenal, is an important military installation. Shiite fighters are trained there in guerrilla warfare, field survival and the handling of heavy guns, according to Guards members and others who work in the camp. There are also daily religious classes.
The military wing of Lebanese Hezbollah has alone sent thousands of fighters into Syria in coordination with the Guards. Hezbollah commanders currently control important strategic areas reclaimed by the Damascus regime, including the city of Qusayr, some sections of the city of Homs and enclaves in the southern province of Deraa.

"Qasem Soleimani is now running Syria," says Col. Ahmed Hamada, an officer with the rebel Free Syrian Army, based in its command near the northern city of Aleppo. "Bashar is just his mayor."

U.S. officials say they don't have any specific information on the Amir Al-Momenin camp. But defense officials say it appears consistent with how the Guards trained Iraqi militants to fight U.S. and allied forces in Iraq. The Pentagon captured and interrogated hundreds of Shiite fighters during the Iraq war who described traveling to Iran for training.

Iranian and Syrian officials publicly acknowledge their cooperation in the war. Syria's foreign minister last month said the two countries are working out of the same "trench." But Mr. Assad and other senior Syrian officials say the Guards aren't running Syria's overall campaign. They call the allegations propaganda to justify U.S. military action.

"This is really funny," says Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad, regarding claims that Iran is helping to run the war. He calls them "rumors" intended to "deceive the public."

Iran also supports Syria's regime financially and politically. In July Iran offered Syria a $3.6 billion credit line to buy oil and food and in January another $1 billion credit line to import goods from Iran. Iranian officials have also defended Mr. Assad: After claims that his forces used chemical weapons, Iran blamed rebels for the attack.
The presence of Iran and its proxies inside Syria is emerging as a strategic challenge for President Barack Obama as he maintains the threat of military strikes against the Assad regime in response to its alleged use of chemical weapons last month. The White House says any U.S. military operations against Syria would be limited and focused solely on degrading Damascus's chemical-weapons capabilities.

Iranian and Lebanese individuals with knowledge of the Guards say the organization is debating whether it would retaliate against U.S. and Israeli targets stationed in the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf, either directly or through proxies, such as Hezbollah and Iraqi militias.

Tehran, Damascus and Hezbollah describe the Syria conflict as a potential turning point in what they consider their struggle with the U.S. and its Mideast allies, particularly Israel and Saudi Arabia. They also see their fight as a defense of Shiites against Sunni extremists.

Iran, and its majority Shiite population, is locked in a regional battle for influence with the Sunni states, led by Saudi Arabia. The conflict is also playing out in Bahrain, Yemen, Lebanon and Palestinian territories.

"Syria is the front line of resistance," Gen. Soleimani recently told an elite Iranian government body, according to state media. "We will support Syria to the end."

Tehran's alliance with Syria began shortly after Iran's Islamic revolution in 1979. Damascus under Mr. Assad's father, Hafez al-Assad, was the first Arab country to back Iran's revolutionary government. Tehran's ayatollahs, in turn, recognized the Assad family's Alawite faith, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, as a legitimate branch of their religion.

The Guards' influence in Damascus grew significantly after Bashar al-Assad took power in 2000, according to current and former Syrian military officers. Operations between the Guards and Syria's security forces started to grow more integrated, with Iranian advisers basing themselves in Syria. Iran's government opened weapons factories and religious centers in Syria as well.

"Bashar relied on Iran in a way his father never did," says Col. Hamada, the FSA commander, who defected from the Syrian military last year.

During the first year of Syria's war, Tehran's involvement was relatively limited, according to U.S., Arab and Iranian military officials. Iranian experts in electronic surveillance and crowd control, schooled during Tehran's 2009 crackdown on democracy protesters, were dispatched to Damascus. However, no Revolutionary Guards or Hezbollah fighters were yet engaged in significant fighting.

This began shifting in mid-2012 as Iran tracked rebel fighters moving toward Aleppo, these officials say. Opposition forces also assassinated Mr. Assad's brother-in-law, Assef Shawkat, a powerful figure in Syria's security forces. Gen. Soleimani, fearing the Damascus regime's collapse, dispatched Guards commanders skilled in urban warfare to help coordinate Mr. Assad's war effort.

Iran's widening military presence inside Syria showed itself in August 2012. That month, Free Syrian Army rebels kidnapped 48 Guards commanders and personnel in Damascus. Iran's government first called the men Shiite pilgrims, then later described them as "retired" Revolutionary Guards officers.

Last summer, the Guards began deploying fighters for the first time, according to Iranian military officials and Syrian rebels. The majority weren't sent to fight, but to repair equipment, guard military installations and fill in for defecting Syrian units.

FSA commanders possess identification cards and dog tags of Iranian soldiers they say they captured or killed in battle. "Assad asked for them to be on the ground," says Gen. Yahya Bittar, who leads the FSA's overall intelligence operations. "The Iranians are now part of Syria's command-and-control structure."

The Revolutionary Guards and its allies deployed on a wider scale this spring as Arab states such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar increased their shipments of arms and cash to Syrian rebels, according to Syrian government officials and Hezbollah. The U.S. believes some of the opposition's militias have al Qaeda ties.

Tehran has been particularly focused on fortifying western and central Syria, regions which control access into Lebanon and Hezbollah, according to U.S. and Arab officials and Syrian rebels. This May, Hezbollah sent thousands of its elite fighters into the central Syrian city of Qusayr and almost single-handedly pushed out the rebels that threatened their supply lines.

The battle was viewed in Washington as a potential turning point in Syria's civil war. The Guards and Gen. Soleimani coordinated with Hezbollah in prosecuting this fight, sending military advisers to the city, according to rebel fighters and a journalist who saw them there.

Today, Hezbollah independently runs Qusayr, and its commanders are in charge of maintaining discipline among Mr. Assad's forces. The Lebanese militia has established an operations base in the town's northern section that is off-limits to most Syrian civilians. A Hezbollah commander, who identified himself as Abu Ahmed, patrolled Qusayr one recent afternoon with fighters in a pickup truck. He said only regime loyalists are allowed back into the city, and that they must be vetted by him personally.

Much of the city remains deserted and badly damaged. Dueling Sunni-Shiite graffiti still covers many walls, sometimes referencing epic battles dating from the seventh century.

Hezbollah, and Syrian militias under its command, have also been leading the Assad regime's campaign to retake Homs, a strategic province bisecting the country. In recent weeks, they have pushed out rebels from most of the capital, Homs city.

"We did the heavy lifting," said a 19-year-old Syrian militiaman, identified as Abdullah, who fought under a Hezbollah commander in a district called Khalidiya, this August. "If we take back all of Homs, the revolution is going to be completely finished."

The Revolutionary Guards, meanwhile, continue to mobilize thousands of Shiite fighters to battle the largely Sunni rebels being armed, trained and funded by Saudi Arabia and Iran's other rivals, say Iranian officials and Arab intelligence officers. At the Amir Al-Momenin base near Tehran, Shiites from Yemen and Saudi Arabia are being trained for fighting inside Syria, say Guards officials and Iranian villagers who live near the facility.

Dozens of buses with tinted windows carrying the men have been arriving nightly at the base, which is surrounded by farmlands, they say. Many enter Iran under the pretext of being religious pilgrims, then are sent to Syria via Iraq.

In addition, members of two Iraqi militias, Kata'ib Hezbollah and Asaib Ahl al-Haq, said in interviews near Damascus that they have been deployed into Syria in greater numbers over the past year to help stabilize Mr. Assad's rule. Both groups were formed by the Guards during the Iraq war and carried out some of the most sophisticated and lethal attacks on U.S. troops, American and Iraqi defense officials say.

"Compared with the aid and support that Arab countries are giving to opposition groups, we haven't done much in Syria," said the Guards' commander-in-chief, Gen. Muhammad Ali Jaffari, last year, according to official Iranian media. "We've only given our advice, shared our experiences and given guidance."


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 ... 08984.html

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby Agnimitra » 24 Sep 2013 01:20

Iran: At least 5 hanged in Zahedan mass execution

In a mass execution, at least five inmates of Zahedan Central Prison (located in southeastern Iran) were sent to the gallows.

The names of those executed are: Ahmad Issazehi, Rashid Soufian, Khaled Rigi, Hamid Reza Karimi and Ghafar Nourzehi. This one was published.

In Sanandaj in western Iran four inmates were also hanged in the city’s central prison. The charges raised against them were security-related. The regime has not published any news regarding their execution and their identities in this case.

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Postby chaanakya » 06 Oct 2013 09:26

18 months, many inputs later, Iran says no info on Israeli diplomat 'attackers

In a move that has upset India, Iran has informed New Delhi that it does not have any records of the Iranians suspected to have carried out the bomb attack on an Israeli diplomat in the Indian capital and has asked for more details to follow up the request.

The communication is the first response from Tehran and comes after a year-and-a-half of several meetings and notes verbales from India.

In a two-line diplomatic communication sent in the last week of August, the Iranian foreign ministry has said that there are "no records of the Delhi bomb blast with the officials of Iran's judiciary" and asked India to send more information.

An exasperated New Delhi sees this as a stalling tactic adopted by Tehran since India has shared "very specific" details of the six people — five men and one woman — who are wanted by Indian investigating agencies for the February 2012 attack.

The Israeli diplomat, who was the wife of the defence attache at the embassy, and three others were badly wounded in the attack. Indian journalist S M A Kazmi, who has been named as a co-accused in the attack and was sent to jail, is out on bail.

The Sunday Express has accessed key information New Delhi has shared with Tehran about the Iranian suspects:

* Houshang Afshar Irani: Passport no: I-17287444, issued on 9.1.2010; Date of birth: 23.9.1972; Mobile no. (Iran): 9128808084; Profession: Building construction; Employer address: Afshar Irani company, No. 77, Shahid Babaei Street, Tehran;

Role: Executed the attack. India has put 44 questions for him.

* Seyed Ali Mahdiansadr: Passport no: J-14922614, issued on 25.12.2008; Date of Birth: 23.7.61; Father's name: Seyed Ebrahim; Profession: shopkeeper, mobile-seller; Address: Mahdian shop, No.52, Passajala, Marvi Street, Naser Khosrow Street, Tehran; Mobile no. (Iran): 9123020373; Role: Planning, did recce outside Israeli embassy. India has out 30 questions for him.

* Mohammad Reza Abolghasemi: Passport no: F-14772374, issued on 2.12.2008; Date of Birth: 21.3.1965; Father's name: Mohammad Javad; Profession: Finance clerk, Water authority; Address: No.23, Mahmoudi Alley, Ghitarich Street, Tehran; Role: Planning, surveyed the spot. India has put 30 questions.

* Sedaghatzade Masoud: Passport no: M-20305701, issued on 8.1.2011; Date of birth: 12.2.1981; Father's name: Abbas; Address: no.2, Mahmoodiyan Alley, Gheitariyenblv, Tehran; Mobile no: (Iran): 9123944144, Tel. No. 021-3944144; Profession: Sales employee in a commercial company; Employer's address: Pishgaman company, no.2, Aalaei, Street Hedayat, Street Baharestan, Tehran; Role: Part of the plot, was in touch with Houshang and was detained in Malaysia after the Bangkok attack. He applied for Indian visa, but didn't get it. India has put 7 questions.

# Ali Akbar Norouzishayan: Passport no. A-21429735, issued on 27.6.2011; Date of birth: 27.12.1954; Mother's name: Hazhikanoom Roshanmanesh; Spouse: Fatemeh Noori; Address: No.16, 4 All Golha square, Tehransar street, Tehran; Tel. no. 021-44505272, Mobile no. 9125444652; Profession: Retired accountant; Employer's address: Moalem Street, Shariyati street, Tehran; Role: Part of the plot, was spotted in Bangkok during the attack, he applied for Indian visa but didn't get it. India has put 21 questions.

*Leila Rohani: Passport no: M-20305600, issued on 8.1.2011; Date of birth: 18.7.1980; Father's name: Hossein; Address: Tehran; Role: Instrumental in transferring money to accused Indian journalist Kazmi. India has put 7 questions.

These details are in a 52-page letter rogatory (LR) and was first handed over by a Delhi Police team that visited Tehran in August last year. The details were taken from visa forms filled by the suspects to visit India as tourists.

Sources said that while Indian officials handed over the LR to Iranian authorities, New Delhi found them making flimsy excuses — that they have not received a questionnaire, have not got any red corner notice and that they need the LR to be translated to Persian.

They also asked the Indian officials to send the LR through diplomatic channels and this was done in September last year.

The CBI sent two requests to the Iranian authorities — on December 6, 2012 and again on February 15, 2013. The Indian embassy in Tehran pursued it with Iranian authorities on February 17, 2013 and again on March 20, 2013.

While India did not expect much during the time Iran was in election mode until around mid-June, it was hoped that the new moderate regime of President Hassan Rouhani would ensure a thorough probe.

But the first communication from Tehran has left New Delhi very disappointed and also surprised at the new regime's response.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby Baikul » 06 Oct 2013 10:23

chaanakya wrote:18 months, many inputs later, Iran says no info on Israeli diplomat 'attackers

In a move that has upset India,.....

...........But the first communication from Tehran has left New Delhi very disappointed and also surprised at the new regime's response. [/b]


What did New Delhi expect Iran to do, hand over a team of (alleged) assassins that they (allegedly) trained to (allegedly) launch a violent operation in a friendly country, that resulted in (IIRC) 4 people being severely injured?

And if New Delhi, through this article, is sending a message to Iran, hopefully we will have much a stronger message sent through other channels. Note, I'm not advocating a violent response.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby JE Menon » 06 Oct 2013 11:39

>>Note, I'm not advocating a violent response.

Why not? This move, which looks very much by the Islamic republic state authorities, and the release of info seems to affirm goi's belief that it is so, needs to be deterred with at least the same degree of violence in Iran, one might have thought... Making Iran look at least as foolish as we did.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby chaanakya » 06 Oct 2013 16:24

Iran is mistaken. This and much more info has got released to those who routinely take things seriously. The reply has just confirmed their complicity.

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Postby Prem » 15 Oct 2013 02:40

http://iranian.com/posts/view/post/22524
Iran-India relations will remain constrained in the near future | The National
Oct 13, 2013 - As the diplomatic dance continues between Iran and the United States, the rest of the world is keen to work out the implications of a possible rapprochement between Tehran and Washington. One of the countries that is looking very closely at the possible realignment is India.Like many other states, India will not remain immune from the consequences of the trajectory of US-Iranian ties. New Delhi has long pursued a careful balancing act between its relationships with Tehran and Washington. A potential US-Iran rapprochement will likely ease a lot of the existing diplomatic and economic pressure on India.But while this will certainly open up new possibilities for Indo-Iranian ties, it is unlikely to resolve all the problems in the Delhi-Tehran relationship.
Despite all the hype surrounding India’s ties with Iran, they remain largely underdeveloped. Also, India’s significant stake in the Arabian Peninsula is often overlooked.The reality that faces New Delhi in the Middle East today is that India has far more significant strategic interests with the Arab Gulf states than with Tehran. And as tensions rise between the Sunni Arab states and Iran, India’s larger stake in the Arab world will continue to inhibit Indian-Iranian ties.At the same time, New Delhi’s outreach to Tehran will remain circumscribed by the internal power struggle within Iran, growing tensions between Iran and its Arab neighbours and Iran’s continued defiance of the global nuclear order.
Even with a possible decline in Iran-US tensions, a number of issues will continue to complicate the India-Iran relationship. This was exemplified this month when Iran released an Indian tanker – MT Desh Shanti, owned by the state-run Shipping Corporation of India – along with its 32 seafarers. The ship had been detained for 24 days at Bandar Abbas port on the allegation of pollution.Iran detained the ship carrying crude oil from Iraq to India on Aug 13, saying it was polluting Iranian water, discharging wastes and water mixed with crude near Iran’s Lavan island. India denied the allegation and underlined that the vessel was not in Iranian waters when it was detained. New Delhi took this incident very seriously and has filed an appeal with the Indian Ocean Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control – a 16-nation grouping of maritime nations – calling for a review of Iran’s action.India’s rapid growth and development have drastically heightened its need for energy resources and security, thus attaching urgent importance to relations with countries possessing and producing energy resources. It is largely in this context that India has moved closer to Iran, a country heavily sanctioned by the US throughout the last decade due to its lack of cooperation with international nuclear regulations. Wary of any international support for Iran, the US has pressured India to curb its relations with Tehran and significantly cut its level of oil imports from Iran.
Actions by the US and the European Union have noticeably complicated transactions between Iran and importing nations, particularly India, which has been one of the largest recipients of Iranian oil exports. These complications were well illustrated by the EU sanctions banning European companies from insuring tankers that carry Iranian energy resources anywhere in the world. With nearly all tanker insurance based in western nations, Indian shipping companies are reportedly left to turn to state insurance, which covers tankers for only $50 million (Dh183 million) as opposed to the estimated $1 billion coverage typically offered by European agencies, thus taking greater risk in transportation.
Additionally, western efforts to undermine financial institutions in Iran have complicated payments for Iranian oil exports. An executive order issued by the White House in November 2011 authorises the US secretary of state to impose financial sanctions on any entity failing to satisfactorily curb support of the Iranian market according to American terms. This has pressured countries such as India to reduce imports supporting the Iranian economy.In an attempt to avoid threatened US sanctions, countries such as India and China are believed to be bartering food products, consumer goods and local currencies for oil – a system that may prove insufficient in meeting the payments necessary to maintain current levels of oil imports. As a result of these pressures, Iran no longer figures among India’s top oil supplies.
The relationship between India and Iran will face challenges in coming years, notwithstanding what happens on the US-Iran front. The two nations have little to bind them together in the current circumstances.An Iranian-western rapprochement might allow India to expand its economic and energy ties with Tehran and to develop a more productive relationship on Afghanistan. But that is all in the long term. In the short-to-medium term, there are numerous challenges that the two nations will have to navigate.


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