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Iran Reportedly Turns Off Oil Tanker Tracking Systems as US Sanctions Loom

04 Novembre 2018

On Saturday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a statement thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for reimposing the sanctions.

Senate Republicans including Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) want the administration to cut off Iranian banks from conducting global transactions using the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, and are expected to introduced legislation to force President Trump's hand after the election.

Struck between world powers and Tehran after years of fraught negotiations, the deal was aimed at limiting Iran's nuclear capabilities in exchange for sanctions relief. Iranian oil exports have already dropped by about 800,000 barrels per day from their peak.

"According to information we received, Turkey will be among the eight countries allowed by the continue importing Iranian oil, but we have no further details yet", Donmez told reporters at parliament. Major OPEC producers won't be able to add more supply should it become necessary, particularly with production in Iran, Venezuela and Libya still at risk.

The Iranian foreign minister said Washington, despite its illegal anti-Tehran sanctions, has failed to achieve its goals.

Iranian state media said millions turned out for rallies in most cities and towns around the country, swearing allegiance to the clerical establishment and its hardline top authority, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

This is the second round of sanctions the administration has enacted since exiting the agreement, this time targeting energy and financial operations in the country.

Since that time, the U.S. president and key officials within his administration have repeatedly voiced their opposition to negotiating with Tehran, a position that pits Washington against several of its key European allies, which remain committed to the 2015 agreement. It did not name the countries which would benefit.

The US sanctions on Iran's petroleum sector are scheduled to go into effect Monday. "America has been defeated by the Islamic Republic over the past 40 years", he said.

In May, Russian oil major, Lukoil said it had decided not to go ahead with plans to develop projects in Iran at the moment due to the threat of USA sanctions.

The United States believes global oil supplies will exceed demand next year, making it easier for countries to cut Iranian oil imports to zero, Brian Hook, the US special representative for Iran, told reporters.

"India said to the U.S. that they can´t stop before March, they are facing a major currency crisis", explained Joel Hancock, analyst at Natixis. Iran is bracing for the restoration of US sanctions on its vital oil industry set to take effect on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, as it grapples with an economic crisis that has sparked sporadic protests over rising prices, corruption and unemployment. These countries were reported to include United States allies Japan, India, South Korea, Italy and Turkey. "It's why we have and will maintain many humanitarian exemptions to our sanctions, including food, agriculture commodities, medicine and medical devices", he said.

Iran can then use the payment as credit to buy goods from other countries in the European Union through the SPV.

Iran Reportedly Turns Off Oil Tanker Tracking Systems as US Sanctions Loom