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Sanctions are here: US snaps back embargo on Iran oil as Trump fulfills vow

More than 700 'individuals, entities, vessels and aircraft' will be sanctioned, according to the White House

Nick Wadhams & Saleha Mohsin | Bloomberg 

US President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted a photo of himself with the words ‘Sanctions are coming’ | Photo: Twitter

lifted as part of the 2015 nuclear accord with snapped back at midnight New York time as President fulfills his vow to ramp up pressure on the Islamic Republic over its “malign” behaviour in the Middle East, its ballistic missile tests and its nuclear program.

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo is scheduled to announce the list of eight countries that will get temporary waivers to keep importing Iranian oil at 8:30 a.m. Washington time on Monday. said on Friday that Iran’s government must “either abandon its destructive behaviour or continue down the path toward economic disaster.”

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Sources familiar with the move said Japan, India and South Korea are among those getting waivers. China, the biggest purchaser of Iranian crude, was in talks for a waiver, while other requests were expected from Taiwan and Turkey.

More than 700 “individuals, entities, vessels and aircraft” will be sanctioned, according to the White House. They include Iranian banks, shipping companies and oil exporters.

The warned that it could target the Swift financial messaging network for if it doesn’t halt transactions with sanctioned Iranian financial institutions.

EU, German, U.K. and French officials last week said in a joint statement that they “deeply regret” the US move and vowed to “protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday said the US is “intent on ensuring that global funds stop flowing to the coffers of the Iranian regime.”

Trump said Friday the US is open to reaching a new, more comprehensive deal with that “forever blocks its path to a nuclear weapon, addresses the entire range of its malign actions, and is worthy of the Iranian people.”

The waivers prompted conservative US critics of the administration’s approach -- including Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz -- to say the White House was caving in on its tough line and to vow legislation to close what they consider loopholes.

Market Reaction

Global benchmark Brent crude has fallen about 15 per cent from over $85 a barrel last month on increasing speculation that at least some nations would get waivers, as well as signs that other OPEC members will pump more to offset any supply gap.

First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 11:36 IST