US may respond to India-Iran port deal with sanctions

India is developing the strategically important port of Chabahar, close to Iran’s border with Pakistan, and these efforts could be answered by US sanctions.

Hours after India signed a 10-year contract with Tehran to operate a port, the United States warned all countries considering business deals with Iran of potential sanctions. The move, a follow-up to a 2016 contract, was described by India’s maritime minister as a “historic moment”.

The US response to this signature could be more sanctions, as it has done more than 600 times in three years against Iran-linked organisations.

In response to a question about the deal, US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel said that US sanctions against Iran were still in place and Washington would continue to enforce them: “Any organisation considering a business deal with Iran needs to be aware of the potential risks they are opening themselves up to and the potential risk of sanctions.”

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