US curbs looming, India reduces Iran oil imports by 30%

US curbs looming, India reduces Iran oil imports by 30%

With an over 30% reduction in imports of oil from Iran in the past few months, India is hoping to be eligible for a waiver on Iran oil sanctions from this weekend. The US State department is expected to announce sanctions and waivers as the deadline for “zero oil imports” from Iran kicks in on November 5.

A state department spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday, “on November 5th 12:01, sanctions that were lifted under the Iran nuclear deal will come back into full effect. And the sanctions that are reimposed on November 5 will target critical sectors of Iran’s economy, such as energy, shipping and the ship-building sectors, as well as the provision of insurance and transactions involving the Central Bank of Iran and designated Iranian financial institutions.”

Questioned on the possibility of sanctions or waiver, US ambassador to India, Ken Juster sidestepped questions from journalists on the margins of a conference on connectivity, refusing to answer in advance of official pronouncement from Washington. Read More

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