Iran erupts as U.S. oil sanctions return

05 November, 2018, 16:26 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Iranian officials are betting on the unstable market conditions to beat US sanctions

It also said the lifting of sanctions allowed Iran to finance militant groups and its own military activity. Wallace noted that "there are a lot of experts who believe that India and China are never gonna stop buying oil from Iran". "This new United States president. has disgraced the remnant of America's prestige and that of liberal democracy".

Oil prices dipped on Monday as the start to US sanctions against Iran's fuel exports was softened by waivers that will allow some countries to still import Iranian crude, at least temporarily.

Speaking at a daily news briefing in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying did not directly comment on whether China had been granted exemption from the Iran sanctions by the United States.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday the penalties set to return on Monday "are the toughest sanctions ever put in place on the Islamic Republic of Iran".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo argued that the new Iran sanctions - going into effect one day before the USA midterm elections - are tough enough to keep the Islamic Republic from pursuing a nuclear weapon.

The crowd chanted "Down with the US", and 'Death to Israel' during today's rally in the capital, while similar demonstrations were held in other cities and towns.

In this regard, India is also looking to adopt the strategy as it developed prior to 2015 when a West-imposed sanction on Tehran affected supplies.

They aim to significantly reduce Iran's oil exports - which have already fallen by around one million barrels a day since May - and cut it off from global finance.

Iranian army general Habibillah Sayyari said both the national army and the country's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard are taking part in the exercise.


In an interview with the Fox News Sunday program on November 4, Pompeo said the nations receiving waivers "need a little bit more time to get to zero". The waiver would be granted for six months period and then would be re-evaluated by the United States, Special US Representative on Iran, Brian Hook told reporters.

China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the Asian giant's lawful trade cooperation with Iran should be respected and expressed regret about the U.S. reimposing sanctions on Tehran.

On Twitter, President Trump published a photo of himself walking resolutely with the caption: "Sanctions are coming", an allusion to Game of Thrones.

Saudi Arabia, the world's largest exporter, has claimed that it can respond to the Iranian shortfall, but some market players are wondering whether the kingdom is exhausting its capacities.

Rouhani said the case needs no mediation, adding that Iran would be ready to talk with the USA only when the Western country begins to comply with its commitments.

The effect of the initial sanctions is already being felt -the rial has plummeted, Iran's economy is depressed and the results are evident.

However, the UK, Germany and France have all objected to the sanctions.

They will directly affect companies from third countries doing business with Iran.

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