Trump’s sanc­tion regime

Deccan Chronicle - - EDIT -

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­cently warned that In­dia would find out “sooner than you think” in what ways Wash­ing­ton is con­tem­plat­ing to pun­ish it for sign­ing a con­tract to pur­chase the S-400 an­timis­sile sys­tem, and now his ad­min­is­tra­tion is send­ing its top envoy on Iran, Brian Hook, to per­suade this coun­try not to go ahead with petroleum pur­chases from Iran. While the US seeks that In­dia (and other coun­tries) end buy­ing all oil from Iran by Novem­ber 4, petroleum min­is­ter Dhar­men­dra Prad­han said last Mon­day that the two state re­fin­ers had placed or­ders for Ira­nian oil for the month of Novem­ber. The die is thus cast. The US will ei­ther have to come to a rea­son­able ne­go­ti­a­tion of the mat­ter with Iran or go ahead and sanc­tion In­dia. With Iran, from the In­dian per­spec­tive, it is oil plus other strate­gic con­sid­er­a­tions such as the Chaba­har port and the trans­porta­tion cor­ri­dor that can open up via Cen­tral Asia all the way to Rus­sia through Europe.

In any case, In­dia — un­like the US of Mr Trump — does not see Iran as an evil doer and source of in­sta­bil­ity in West Asia. Mr Trump has signed up with Saudi Ara­bia to sell ar­ma­ments worth $110 bil­lion and is play­ing his pol­i­tics ac­cord­ingly. But New Delhi has had good ties with both over a long pe­riod of time.

Mr Trump has threat­ened West Europe, Rus­sia, China and now In­dia with sanc­tions for deal­ing favourably with coun­tries Wash­ing­ton does not like. That means, the US is busy work­ing on sanc­tions against all the ma­jor world play­ers, thus ad­vo­cat­ing a world or­der of con­fronta­tion rather than co­op­er­a­tion. This can cause dis­or­der in the heav­ens.

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