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The Trump administration, which is determined to impose fresh set of sanctions on Iran and countries and entities engaged in business with Tehran, is currently reviewing India’s development of the strategically important Chabahar port in the Islamic Republic, a senior government official has said. The Chabahar port is being considered a gateway to golden opportunities for trade by India, Iran and Afghanistan with central Asian countries besides ramping up trade among the three countries in the wake of Pakistan denying transit access to New Delhi. “We are reviewing (Chabahar project) in the context, in particular of Afghanistan, and in the spirit that the idea of our sanctions are not to punish partners or to imperil partners, but to bring a price tag for Iran’s malign behaviour,” Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, told a Washington audience. “As we review the issue of Chabahar, it’ll be in the context of what it provides for the stabilisation of Afghanistan or for the kind of regional connectivity that serves other interests as well. But it’s an ongoing process of review,” Wells said in response to a question at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a top American think-tank. Last month, President Donald Trump issued a strong warning to anyone trading with Iran, following his re-imposition of sanctions on the country. During the recently held 2+2 Dialogue, Wells said the US emphasised the administration’s resolve to impose sanctions on Iran and voiced its expectation that its partners will work to reduce oil imports from the oil-rich Islamic Republic to zero.

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