Iran Foreign Minister Takes To YouTube Against "Unlawful" US Sanctions

India gets US waiver for development of strategic Chabahar Port in Iran

The United States said on Tuesday it would exempt Iran's India-backed port of Chabahar from new sanctions, recognising the value of the project to Afghanistan.

India was among the eight countries that were granted temporary waiver for purchase of Iranian oil.

"The US administration appears to believe that imposing draconian sanctions on Iran will bring about such pain to our nation that it will force us to submit to its will", Zarif said in a video message, posted in English and Persian. "We continue negotiations to get all of the nations to zero", said the Secretary of State.

On Tuesday, the State Department clarified that Chabahar and an Afghanistan specific railway project (under INSTC) would be kept out of the sanctions for the goal of "development" of Afghanistan.

"Since its inauguration previous year, we have shipped about 110 thousand metric tons of much-needed wheat and 2,000 metric tons of pulses from India to Afghanistan through this port", Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale had said at a conference in New Delhi Delhi last week.

The U.S. sanctions on Tehran come as the Trump administration withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran in May, saying it had not stopped Iran from developing its ballistic missile program and intervening in neighboring countries.

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"The president's South Asia strategy underscores our ongoing support of Afghanistan's economic growth and development as well as our close partnership with India", the state department spokesperson said.

"We are making it abundantly clear to the Iranian regime that they will face mounting financial isolation until they fundamentally change their destabilizing behavior. These activities are vital for the ongoing support of Afghanistan's growth and humanitarian relief".

Zahedan is also in Iran but closer to the Afghanistan border.

India has warm relations with Iran and has joined China and European powers in saying it was not obligated to comply with the unilateral US sanctions, although it has sought to appease Washington by curbing some of its Iranian oil imports.

"This exception relates to reconstruction assistance and economic development for Afghanistan".

Asserting that the US' "desperation" was highlighted in their move to include closed companies in the sanctions, Zarif said that the anti-Iran move was mostly criticised and opposed by the global community and that only a handful of nations like Israel and others supported the move.

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