The US will start blocking exports from Iran’s energy sector beginning on November 5, demanding that such purchases end, while threatening to sanction those countries that continue to import oil and related products from Iran.
A number of states, including Iraq, are seeking an exemption from such restrictions, Kurdistan 24 reported on Sunday.
Asked to clarify the US position on Baghdad’s request for a sanctions waiver, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert replied, “We have conversations with many partners and allies around the world about those sanctions,” and “we make our policies very clear.”
“We continue to have conversations with the Government of Iraq about [that] particular issue,” she continued.
The US “is committed to re-enforcing all of our sanctions,” Nauert added. “We believe that countries coming together and recognizing the malign influence that Iran has had around the world is important.”
“I’m not forecasting anything,” Nauert responded, leaving unclear whether the US would grant Baghdad’s request.
The same issue exists with India, the second largest importer of Iranian oil, after China. On Monday, India’s Oil Minister revealed that two state refineries had placed orders for Iranian oil to be delivered in November.