The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) condemns the decision of the United States government to impose sanctions on any country which purchases oil from Iran. The Trump administration has decided not to extend the waiver given to India and some other countries in this regard.

Any step to stop importing oil from Iran will harm India’s energy security and national interests. Earlier the External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj had stated that India will not adhere to any sanctions except those adopted by the United Nations.

Since the United States has unilaterally imposed these illegal sanctions, the BJP led government must reject these sanctions and continue to buy oil from Iran which is in the country’s interests.