WASHINGTON: The United States said Monday it would start imposing sanctions on friends such as India that buy Iranian oil, in its latest aggressive step to counter Tehran that could jeopardize US relationships, reports AFP.
One targeted country, Turkey, vowed to defy the US demands that sent global crude prices spiraling higher, although President Donald Trump tweeted that his close ally Saudi Arabia would “more than make up” for cuts in Iranian oil.In seeking to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero, the Trump administration is targeting the country’s top revenue maker in its latest no-holds-barred move to crush the economy and scale back the clerical regime’s influence.
“The Trump administration and our allies are determined to sustain and expand the maximum economic pressure campaign against Iran to end the regime’s destabilizing activity threatening the United States, our partners and allies and security in the Middle East,” the White House announced.
Eight governments were initially given six-month reprieves from the unilateral sanctions on Iranian oil imposed last year by the United States.
One of the most significant buyers is India, which has warm ties with Washington but disagrees on the US insistence that Iran is a threat.