United States ready to water down Iran sanctions


Noting that she has seen reports of India continuing to buy oil from Iran after November 4, she said this was a topic of conversation with the Indian government when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in India last month.

Trump in May pulled the U.S. out of the 2015 nuclear accord, saying it had "failed to achieve the fundamental objective of blocking all paths to an Iranian nuclear bomb" and did not deal with Tehran's "malign activities, including its ballistic missile programme and its support for terrorism".

India imports 83% of its oil requirements, and about 9.4% of the 220.4 million metric tonnes (million MT) of crude oil imported by India was from Iran.

The US "will take care" of countries which defy its directive to bring their oil imports from Iran to zero by November 4, President Donald Trump has warned, days after India announced that two of its firms have placed orders to import crude from the Gulf nation.

"We make our policies very clear to those countries".

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The Trump administration has given the same message to all countries around the world, and the President has said that the United States is committed to re-enforcing all of its sanctions.

Japanese officials have said Iran's oil is "extremely important" to their country's energy security. "We know that Iran and the government of Iran has taken the benefits that it received under the JCPOA and they've poured that money not into their own population, not into the good of the people, not into its medical hospitals and things of that nature, but rather they've used it for its own nefarious programmes", Ms Nauert said.

Reports emerged in early September that India had given permission to state-owned refiners to import oil from Iran on Iranian tankers using Iranian-backed insurance, after the biggest Indian shipping company backed out of Iran voyages due to the USA sanctions. "The President had addressed it - I believe it was just earlier today - which he was asked about that question about whether or not India would buy oil from Iran after sanctions are reimposed". On Thursday, he said the United States "will take care" of countries which defy the directive.

On the implication of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act or CAATSA on India after it inked the Dollars 5 billion deal with Russian Federation to purchase the S-400 Triumf air defence system, Ms Nauert said, "He (the president) was asked also about CAATSA sanctions and possible imposition of CAATSA sanctions".

According to a Reuters source with an Indian state refiner, buyers had to delay some August loadings from Iran to later in August or early September, because they were still waiting for government approval to import Iranian oil with Iranian insurance and tankers. And India will find out. "The United States government just reviews that very carefully", Nauert said.