India exempted from Iran oil sanctions

OilDespite plummeting sales overseas, Iran remains one of the world's largest oil producers. (Reuters)

United States today exempted India and eight other countries from sanctions for importing oil from Iran, noting that these countries have significantly reduced their dependence on Iranian oil in the last six months.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said that India, China, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Taiwan have qualified for an exception to sanctions under America's Iran Sanctions Act, based on additional significant reductions in the volume of their crude oil purchases from Iran or for reducing those purchases to zero and remaining there.


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United States and the international community stand shoulder to shoulder in maintaining pressure on the Iranian regime until it fully addresses concerns about its nuclear program, Kerry said in a statement.

"Today's determination is another example of the international community's strong and steady commitment to convince Iran to meet its international obligations," Kerry

said.

"This determination takes place against the backdrop of other recent actions the Administration has taken to increase pressure on Iran, including the issuance of a new Executive Order on June 3. The message to the Iranian regime from the international community is clear: take concrete actions to satisfy the concerns of the international community, or face increasing isolation and pressure," Kerry said today.

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that it appears that there is sufficient supply of non-Iranian oil to permit foreign countries to significantly reduce their purchases of Iranian oil.

"In this context, it is notable that many purchasers of Iranian crude oil have reduced or ceased altogether their purchases from Iran," he said.

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