After an internal policy battle, the Trump administration is set to announce later this week that it will once again waive five different nuclear-related sanctions on Iran, preserving a key part of the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal.
The United Nations political affairs chief, Rosemary DiCarlo, told the Security Council on Wednesday that US decision not to extend waivers to allow some countries to import Iranian oil “may impede” the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal.
Iran says it gives no credit to a US decision to eliminate the waivers that allowed importers to buy Iranian oil despite Washington's sanctions, stressing Tehran has been in touch with European partners and neighbors to counter any adverse consequences of the move.
The United States wants to avoid disrupting global oil markets as it reimposes sanctions against Tehran and in certain cases will consider waivers for countries which need more time to wind down their oil imports from Iran, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.
The United States softened its stance on Iran’s oil exports on Thursday, suggesting there could be waivers for the buyers of Iranian crude, as Washington gears up to reimpose sanctions against Tehran in November.