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Iran warned India on Monday that it would stop exporting oil to India from August 1 - PTI.
Iran warned India on Monday that it would stop exporting oil to India from August 1 if a financial dispute over payment was not resolved, the semi-official ‘Fars’ news agency reported.
"Iran might stop giving permission to export its oil to India from August 1 if the dispute over receiving payments from India is not resolved," an unnamed oil official told Fars.
National Iranian Oil Co (NIOC), the state oil firm that supplies around 12 per cent of India's oil imports, set the deadline in a letter dated June 27 to Indian refiners, sources had said in early July.
The official told Fars that the letter was not sent officially by NIOC.
"The (previous) warning was not sent by NIOC officially and it was not a warning over stopping exports to India completely," the official told Fars.
Iran, facing increased isolation internationally, and energy-hungry India have been looking to resolve an impasse triggered in December when the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) ended a regional clearing mechanism under US pressure.
Analysts say Iran is putting pressure on India to accelerate the resolution of the payments mechanism dispute.
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