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U.S. to end waivers for Iranian oil imports

  • April 23, 2019
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All national dailies reported on a White House announcement on Monday that the United States will end its sanctions waivers for nations importing Iranian oil. Last November the United States granted 180-day sanctions waivers to several countries including Japan but it now says that these nations will no longer be exempted from the sanctions after May 2. The papers quoted Secretary of State Pompeo as telling reporters that the decision is intended to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero and urge Iran to act like a normal country. Asahi speculated that the move could trigger an increase in crude oil prices in the international market. Sankei wrote that the prices of gasoline and other oil products may rise in Japan in response to the U.S. decision. However, Mainichi wrote that Japan, where Iranian oil accounts for about 5% of imported crude, is unlikely to see a disruption in oil supply.

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