The United States has formally confirmed on Friday the reinstatement Monday, November 5 of all “sanctions lifted under the Iranian nuclear deal” of 2015, which Donald Trump retired. Eight countries, however, will benefit from derogations. In a joint statement, the EU, France, Germany, the United Kingdom “regret” this decision.
The sanctions that Washington plans to reinstate from Monday will affect the energy, shipbuilding, navigation and banking sectors. ” In order to maximize the effects of President Donald Trump’s lobbying campaign, we have been working closely with other countries to minimize Iran’s oil exports,” US Secretary of State Mike Watson said Friday. Pompeo.
Eight countries, however, will benefit from exemptions and will be allowed to temporarily continue to import Iranian oil, “but only because they have already significantly reduced their imports of crude oil and have cooperated on many other fronts and have made progress. the important way towards the definitive cessation of these crude oil imports,” explained Mike Pompeo.
Among these countries, whose list will be published Monday, none is part of the European Union, has already said the head of European diplomacy. Turkey, on the other hand, should be part of it. At least that was stated by Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez, quoted by state agency Anadolu. “We have not received the details yet,” he added. South Korea, India and even China could also be among those states that will benefit from exemptions. To prove the firmness of the Republican government, Mike Pompeo said that the previous Democratic administration of Barack Obama had granted exemptions to 20 countries.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also said that 700 people or entities would be added to the US blacklist: 400 that had been withdrawn after the agreement of 2015, and 300 additional. The United States also wants to cut the Iranian financial institutions hit by sanctions of the international banking system Swift, except for “humanitarian transactions,” said Steven Mnuchin. Their list will also be published Monday.
EU, France, Germany, UK “regret” this decision
In a joint statement, the European Union, France, Germany and the United Kingdom regret Washington’s decision to reinstate sanctions against Iran. They reaffirm their objective to protect European economic actors “engaged in legitimate trade with Iran” and remain committed to the implementation of the 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement and expect Tehran to “play a constructive role”.