Why does US wants other countries to stop oil imports or else face sanctions?

As per news,

"Without question, they should be reduced. That's what we've been telling them in our bilateral meetings. They should be preparing, now, to go to zero (by November 4)," the official said

Also from here,

external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had said that “India follows only UN sanctions, and not unilateral sanctions by any country” days after President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran deal.

Since Iran is the third largest supplier to India, it is not easy for India to stop oil imports from Iran.

But my main question is why does US wants to stop it?

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    The US pulled out of a deal with Iran so see if politics.stackexchange.com/questions/30848/… can answer your question
    – James K
    Jun 27 '18 at 7:56
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    Are you asking why Iran is in the crosshairs of Trump's policy in the Middle East?
    – user9790
    Jun 27 '18 at 13:00
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    @mayankagrawal The rationale is that, from the Trump admin perspective, Iran is not a strategic partner in the ME and threatens US allies, American interests, and stability in the region. Part of this calculus is that Iran remains the chief state actor in exporting terrorism. Just recently it was revealed that Iran funneled some of the 9-11 bombers into America (or obscured their travel plans enabling such transport).
    – user9790
    Jun 27 '18 at 16:48
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    @KDog Do you have a source for your claim (9/11 and Iran)? Jun 28 '18 at 5:41
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    @MartinSchröder freebeacon.com/national-security/…
    – user9790
    Jun 28 '18 at 12:21

A higher level geopolitical answer, based on most expert opinions I ever heard or dead on the topic, is "because Iran is an economy heavily, although not primarily, relying on oil exports, especially to generate foreign currency reserves needed for international trade. And the income thus generated goes towards either direct threats - such as weapons research or IRG intervention in other countries - or simply to strengthen an enemy regime".

A formal reason is sanctions on Iran.

The goal here isn't to stop India from importing oil, it's to stop India from giving money to Iran for its oil (whether this inconveniences India is a rather distant second consideration in such topics, at least for US side)

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    Is that an actual quote? If so source, if not, edit out the quotation marks. Makes it seem like an omniscient narrator.
    – user9790
    Jun 27 '18 at 13:01
  • The reason you state might be true from observer's point of view. But is there any statement stating the reason by US government for "No questions asked policy" on other countries? Jun 27 '18 at 14:29
  • @KDog - no, quotes are to signify that the rest of the paragraph IS the answer (from me). if there is a S&W standard way of expressing that please feel free to edit, frankly my ESL limits me in figuring out how else to express that point.
    – user4012
    Jun 27 '18 at 16:45
  • @mayankagrawal - to be honest, I wasn't aware that US has a "No questions asked policy" on other countries that purchase lots of oil from Iran and it has any influence on. If you have evidence for that, please offer it in the question and then update it to ask "why the difference between policy on India vs other countries" (or, ask as a new question - as it would be a good an interesting question)
    – user4012
    Jun 27 '18 at 16:48
  • @user4012 I am stating the fact "No questions asked" from the above quote in my question, "Without question, they should be reduced.". Please correct me if I misunderstood it. Jun 27 '18 at 20:26

Why US wants India and other countries to stop oil imports from Iran?

This is not even a valid question, to begin with.

All sanctions in the world have a common goal: to put pressure on the target country. So, if India buys oil from Iran, the sanction doesn't work as Iran can obtain its foreign currency from export to India.

This is as simple as that.

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