USA wants allies to cease oil imports from Iran by November 4


Israel's defense minister joined Iranian protesters speaking out against Tehran's leaders for continuing to support militant groups overseas even as the country faces worsening economic woes.

The United States has told India and other countries to cut oil imports from Iran to "zero" by 4 November or face sanctions, making it clear that there would be no waivers to anyone.

The State Department official said he had been meeting with European diplomats to convey the message that the Trump administration is serious about enforcing new sanctions on trade with Iran since President Donald Trump withdrew the USA from the Iran nuclear deal in May. "And yes, we will certainly be requesting that their oil imports go to zero", said the official.

Reports say the USA has asked all countries, including India, to stop all oil imports from Iran by November.

"Their (India and China) companies will be subject to the same sanctions that everybody else's if they engage in those sectors of the economy that are sanctionable, where there were sanctions imposed prior to 2015".

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As such, this could emerge as a major topic of discussion between India and the United States during the first 2+2 dialogue next week. He added: "I would be hesitant to say zero waivers ever".

The official said the message has been delivered to allies in Europe and Asia and an interagency team of State and Treasury Department officials will be visiting India, China and other countries in the coming weeks, reported the Hindustan Times.

Iran has met with Chinese oil buyers to ask them to maintain imports of its oil, although it failed to secure guarantees from China, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters in May. Following this, Iran has banned the import of as many as 1339 products that it can produce within its own region and started working towards for imposing sanctions against the most powerful country of the West- United States of America.

Oil analysts said there are concerns that OPEC producers will not be able to fully supply the market after Iranian oil is cut from the market.

"It is all of our duty to work together to help the respected government and other governmental branches in solving the economic problems", General Yahya Rahim-Safavi, who is also a senior advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader, said on Wednesday.

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In May 2018, US President Donald Trump withdrew the Iran nuclear deal signed in the year 2015 during the reign of Barack Obama. "I don't want to get into the substance of each discussion I've had, but, for a vast majority of countries, they are willing to adhere and support our approach to this because they also view it as a threat".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday promised Iranians the government would be able to handle the economic pressure of new US sanctions amid reports of a second day of demonstrations in protest at financial hardship and a weakening rial.

Protests continued in Tehran for the third day on Tuesday, and nationwide strikes have reportedly left many bazaars closed.

According to Reuters, Mohammad Shariatmadari, Iran's Industries and trade minister, slapped the import ban on 1,339 goods from overseas, including home appliances, textile products, footwear, leather products, furniture, and healthcare products. The State Department official said that secondary sanctions against Iran are not new.

"Just to let you know..." the post trailed off provocatively, before adding congratulations for Iran's "excellent performance in the World Cup".

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