US to end sanction waivers for countries importing Iranian oil – White House
The White House has announced Monday that the United States will end Iran sanctions waivers. Countries that continue buying Iranian crude past the May 2 deadline will risk facing US sanctions.
According to the statement from the Office of the Press Secretary, US “President Donald J. Trump has decided not to reissue Significant Reduction Exceptions (SREs) when they expire in early May,” a decision that “is intended to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero.”
According to the White House statement, “The United States, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, three of the world’s great energy producers, along with our friends and allies, are committed to ensuring that global oil markets remain adequately supplied.”
“We have agreed to take timely action to assure that global demand is met as all Iranian oil is removed from the market,” the statement read.
Pompeo’s statement on the U.S. decision to end waivers on Iran oil imports. “We have had extensive and productive discussions with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and other major producers to ease this transition and ensure sufficient supply. ” pic.twitter.com/s1I1sdrl9n
— Golnaz Esfandiari (@GEsfandiari) April 22, 2019
“The Trump Administration has taken Iran’s oil exports to historic lows, and we are dramatically accelerating our pressure campaign in a calibrated way that meets our national security objectives while maintaining well supplied global oil markets,” a statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo read.
“Today’s announcement builds on the already significant successes of our pressure campaign. We will continue to apply maximum pressure on the Iranian regime until its leaders change their destructive behavior, respect the rights of the Iranian people, and return to the negotiating table.”
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