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US considering exempting countries from Iran oil sanctions: State Dept

By Reena Bhardwaj (ANI) | Updated: Nov 02, 2018 01:01 IST

Washington D. C. [USA], Nov 02 (ANI): The United States has said that while their goal remains to completely put an end to Iran's oil exports, it is considering exemption of certain nations, that purchase oil from Iran, from their proposed sanctions.  

"The United States is in the midst of an internal process to consider significant reduction exceptions for individual countries. We are working with countries on a case-by-case basis," a State Department spokesperson told ANI.

"Our goal remains to get to zero oil purchases from Iran as quickly as possible," the spokesperson added.

Nauert had earlier said that the import of Iranian oil and the signing of the recent S-400 Triumpf air defence missile deal are not helpful for the ties between India and the United States.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan had stated that despite the possibility of US sanctions, Indian companies have made nominations to purchase oil from Iran.

"Two days ago, two of our companies made nominations to purchase Iranian oil in November. We do not know if we will get a waiver (from US sanctions) or not. Isn't it new diplomatic power and recognition of the new leadership of India?" Pradhan said earlier this month.

November 4 is the deadline for the US announcements regarding Iran oil sanctions. (ANI)