US mounts pressure on India China to stop Iran oil

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Washington:
Asserting that it was going to "to keep an absolute foot on the pedal" the
United States says it's having "very intense and very blunt conversations"
with India, China and Turkey to make them stop buying oil from Iran.

"Well,
I think, with respect to China and Turkey and India, we've had very
intense and very blunt conversations with each of those countries,"

Secretary
of State Hillary Clinton told a Senate panel on Tuesday

"I think
that there are a number of steps that we are pointing out to them that we
believe they can and should make," she said when asked about progress made
with China, India and Turkey in this respect.

Clinton also
suggested that these countries were taking some unspecified actions
without publicly talking about the,

"I also can tell you that in
a number of cases, both on their government side and on their business
side, they are taking actions that go further and deeper than perhaps
their public statements might lead you to believe," she said.

"And
we're going to continue to keep an absolute foot on the pedal in terms of
our accelerated, aggressive outreach to them," Clinton said noting "they
are looking for ways to make up the lost revenues, the lost crude oil."

That's
a difficulty for a lot of countries besides India, China and Turkey, she
said. "So we've had to put together an entire team to try to assist them
in thinking through ways of doing that."

Later, Clinton told
another senate panel that the US was "implementing the new Iran sanctions
aggressively."

"We have been travelling the world, high-level
teams from Treasury, Energy and State, to explain what the sanctions are
to counterparts around the world."

"We're very frank in these
discussions about the requirements of US law," Clinton said. "And we have
seen a lot of action. A broad range of countries are making decisions to
reduce their dependence on Iranian crude, unwind their dealings with the
central bank of Iran."

US, she said, was "also pushing very hard
to make it clear that we'll help countries that have a significant
dependence on Iranian crude to try to find alternatives.





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