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Asians Resist Notion Of Iran Oil Cuts

Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee (file photo)Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee (file photo)
Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee (file photo)
Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee (file photo)

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Iranian lawmakers have delayed taking action on a proposed bill to immediately cut oil deliveries to Europe in retaliation for an EU oil embargo. The announcement came soon after Germany accused Tehran of a "dangerous escalation."
Several Asian countries are expressing an unwillingness to join the United States and Europe Union in blocking oil imports from Iran in order to pressure Tehran over its disputed nuclear program.

Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said his country cannot do without Iranian oil and will not be cutting its Iranian imports despite other countries' efforts to punish Tehran for its controversial nuclear activities.

Mukherjee was speaking during a visit to Chicago in the United States, which has led a Western effort to boycott Iranian oil in response to continuing concerns about Tehran's nuclear efforts and alleged rights abuses.

"You know Iran is an important supplier of petroleum crude," Mukherjee said. "We import around 105 million tons of crude per year. It is increasing. The last import last year was 105-106 million tons imported. Iran contributes substantially."

He acknowledged that countries like Saudi Arabia and Nigeria contribute as well, "But Iran contributes substantially and it is not possible for India to take any decision to reduce the import from Iran drastically."

India is the world's fourth-largest oil consumer. It gets 12 percent of its oil from Iran.

South Korean Finance Minister Bahk Jae-wan said Seoul is talking to Washington about the sanctions, but that he expects such talks to "take quite a bit of time."

South Korea imports about 10 percent of its oil from Iran.

China, the biggest world customer for Iranian oil, has rejected calls for any new sanctions against Tehran.

Iran exports about 2.5 million barrels of oil per day, about 2 million of which go to Asian countries.

Washington is said to be urging countries in Asia to cut its imports in the wake of the United States' own embargo and a recent European Union pledge to halt oil imports from July.

The United States and EU also have declared freezes on the assets of Iran's central bank.

Such measures, Washington hopes, will put pressure on Iran to rein in its nuclear program.

The West suspects Iran of developing nuclear weapons, a charge Iran has long denied.

Compiled from Reuters reports
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
January 30, 2012 09:12
India will not cut Iranian oil imports, the Syrian govt forces retake the Damascus suburb, European leaders still can not agree on what the most efficient way of them going bankrupt would be - sounds like the spring is coming back :-)).

by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
January 30, 2012 09:53
I said repeatedly that without the participation of China and India sanctions against Iran will not work
It is mpossible to negotiate with Iran, were religious fanatics seized power and people of Iran as well inclined to fanaticism and extremism.
The only possibility to escape a nuclear war is an immediate military operation of the U.S. and allies.

Mr. Sarkozy, ay-у-у.. where you get lost? Remember your brave fight against Qaddafi with "great" result--anarchy, banditry, lawlessness -and other "feats" of your friends revolutionaries, who for some reason do not want to disarm and want to rob and kill.

Now is the time for Sarkozy to lead an attack on a white horse to save the world from Iranian obscurants.

by: james r. from: usa,new castle pa.
January 30, 2012 14:19
Iran exports 2.5 million barrels of petrol daily, 500,000 barrels or 20% is consumed by the EU. If either China?, or India?, perhaps both were to acquire that portion now being sold to Japan,South Korea,& EU a crisis can be averted. There shall be no bombings of Iranian cities by US forces,the only killing will be done on Wall Street, by speculators selling oil futures on the rumors of war. Both India,as well China are leaders in the non-aligned nations, now these two countries can aid the poorest nations which would be harmed! the greatest by this Hedge-marketing scam!, by just lawfully purchasing Iran's oil.

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