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Washington: The White House has again warned that if the Republican controlled Congress kills the historic nuclear deal with Iran, it would be impossible to assemble an international coalition, including India, to back sanctions against Tehran. 

The Iran deal was backed by at least 86 nations including six — China, India, Japan, South Korea, Turkey and Taiwan — that have voluntarily restricted the amount of Iranian oil that they imported, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Thursday.

“It also happens to include all of the countries that had previously imported Iranian oil, but stopped doing it so that they could work effectively with the United States and the rest of the international community to apply pressure to Iran,” he said.

It also includes a significant number of countries that may, in the future, be interested in purchasing oil from Iran, Earnest said as the Obama administration continued its efforts to sell the nuclear deal to sceptic lawmakers, including some from President Barack Obama’s own Democratic party.

“So the number is significant because it serves to illustrate how difficult it would be — basically why it would be impossible for us to re-impose sanctions if Congress were to kill this deal,” he said.

Earnest said he was citing the support of all these countries “to rebut the claim that, well, if Congress is to move forward with killing this deal, that there is some other option available other than the military option”.

“And the fact is, killing the deal only makes the need to use the military option more likely because it’s going to be impossible for us to reassemble an international coalition to reach a diplomatic agreement,” he said.

It would be impossible to do so if the US “stands alone in killing a diplomatic agreement that’s supported by the rest of the world — or at least 86 other countries around the world, including countries like China, India, Japan, South Korea, Turkey and Taiwan”, Earnest said.

It required international pressure, unanimity of opinion across the globe to convince Iran to limit its nuclear programme, he said.

“But if the United States steps away from this agreement, it certainly is fair for Iran to start calling everybody’s bluff,” Earnest said.

“And there’s one thing we won’t be able to do about it. We won’t be able to apply a comprehensive international set of sanctions against Iran.”

The international community was backing the deal, Earnest said, because “they know that the best way to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is the diplomatic agreement”.

If the deal is subsequently killed by the US Congress, it certainly would affect the US “and our credibility to go and tell China, India, Japan, South Korea, Turkey and Taiwan that they needed to go back to curtailing their purchases of Iranian oil”.

“I think all those countries would say, Why? Why should we do that? You’re not serious about trying to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, so we’re not going to enter into a diplomatic agreement for that reason,” Earnest said.

(IANS)

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Microsoft Surface Pro Now Available In India

There is a full-size glass trackpad with five-finger multi-touch capabilities that allows for ultimate precision and the keyboard is wrapped in soft Alcantara material

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Global chip-maker Qualcomm Technologies and Microsoft have collaborated with leading retailers from across the world to offer new "always connected" Windows 10 PCs powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile PC Platform. Wikimedia Commons
  • Microsoft released its Surface Pro in India
  • It is a high-resolution tablet with 12.3-inch touch-display
  • Customers can buy the Surface Pro from a number of retailers in India

Microsoft on Thursday announced its Surface Pro notebook and accessories are available in India. Surface Pro features a high-resolution 12.3-inch “PixelSense” touch display that supports the new Surface Pen 4.

The first generation, 2-in-1 detachable of the Microsoft Surface series — with a configuration of Intel Core m3, 128 GB SSD, 4GB RAM and Intel HD Graphics 615 — will cost Rs 64,999.

Microsoft introduces its Surface Pro Indian markets. Wikimedia Commons
Microsoft introduces its Surface Pro Indian markets. Wikimedia Commons

Customers can buy the device through more than 130 commercial resellers, the company said in a statement.

“We are delighted to announce the launch of Surface Pro in India and offer our consumers another superior device that will enable them create, study, work and play virtually anywhere,” said Vineet Durani, Director, Windows and Devices, Microsoft India.

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With a new hinge that adjusts to 165 degrees, users can now put the device into “Studio Mode”, thus, creating the optimal position to write or sketch.

It also has a tilt functionality that detects the angle of the Surface Pen to enable more natural shading.

At 8.5-mm thickness and weighing 767 grams, the notebook packs the in 7th-generation Intel Core processor with a fanless design.

Surface Pro has a battery life of 13.5 hours. Wikimedia Commons
Surface Pro has a battery life of 13.5 hours. Wikimedia Commons

 

Its battery supports up to 13.5 hours of life.

There is a full-size glass trackpad with five-finger multi-touch capabilities that allows for ultimate precision and the keyboard is wrapped in soft Alcantara material. IANS