Washington (AFP) – The United States remains determined to force Iran to change its behavior by reducing its oil exports to zero, the State Department said on Monday, despite resistance from importing countries.
Brian Hook, the leading official leader negotiations with US allies UU On a new Iranian strategy, he said Washington is confident that the world has enough oil capacity to replace Iranian crude.
And it confirmed that the secondary sanctions of the United States to the companies that trade with Iran "would go back" on August 6 trade of automobiles and metals and on November 4 for oil and banking transactions.
This has been the policy of the United States since President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal on May 8, but many foreign capitals have requested exemptions to allow some trade to continue.
The US ultimatum has also contributed to upward pressure on world oil prices, although Trump believes he has persuaded Saudi Arabia to compensate for this by increasing its own production.  "Our goal is to increase the pressure on the Iranian regime by reducing its revenues from crude sales to zero," said Hook, director of policy and planning at the State Department.
"Now, we are working to minimize disruptions in the global market, but we are confident that there is sufficient global capacity for additional oil production.
" Banking sanctions will also go back on November 4, and we will enforce these provisions to block Iran's assets abroad and deny the Iranian regime has access to its strong currency. "
Although the European signatories of the agreement with Iran – Britain, France and Germany – pushed hard for Trump to remain in the agreement , its companies are likely to accept the renewed sanctions …
Western diplomats say that few major firms would see sufficient profits in dealing with Iran to justify the risk of losing access to US trade and finance.
other powers, including Iran's main clients such as India, China and Turkey – can not yield to the demands of the United States.
Hook said teams of US diplomats are being deployed to explain and defend the policy, but warned: "We are not seeking to grant licenses or exemptions, because doing so will substantially reduce the pressure on Iran.
" We are prepared to work with countries that are reducing their imports on a case-by-case basis. "But as with our other sanctions, we are not seeking to grant exemptions or licenses."