‘Zero waivers ever’: U.S. wants India to stop oil imports from Iran

Zarif Warns Collapse Of Nuclear Deal 'Dangerous' For Iran

A senior State Department official warned foreign capitals that the U.S. will not be "granting waivers" under the new sanctions regime and described tightening the noose on Tehran as "one of our top national security priorities".

The decision will test the United States' ability to pressure Iran unilaterally, with European countries which worked in unison with the Obama administration to cut shipments voicing strong opposition to the Trump administration's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.

European powers in particular have been attempting to negotiate exemptions for their firms, but the official confirmed that Trump intends to stick to his 180-day deadline, expiring Nov 4.

"I don't believe they can receive waiver from the United States", Zanganeh said.

The senior U.S. official, briefing reporters on condition of anonymity, admitted that this would be unpopular.

The official said an important part of those discussions was making sure countries aren't "adversely affected" by cutting Iranian oil imports. Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency reported Tuesday that authorities detained numerous protesters. The US has also directed an interagency team of State and Treasury Department officials to visit these countries in the coming days in order to make their plan a success.

"The atmosphere for the work, life and livelihood of the people must be secure", Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a meeting with judiciary officials, according to his official website.

But the State Department said the U.S. has not yet discussed the issue with China and India, the two biggest buyers of Iranian oil.

"Iran exports a total amount of 2.5 million barrel per day of crude and condensate and eliminating it easily and in a period of a few months is impossible", the oil official told the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

"We remain engaged with the EU-3 throughout this process, and we are going to continue to branch out in new countries and reach new partners as the weeks go forward", the official said. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman will be in the U.S. for talks with their American counterparts, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis.

But in videos obtained by RFE/RL, the crowd at the bazaar can be heard in Persian chanting "Leave Syria, think about us", while some demonstrators shouted "Our enemy is here, not in the U.S".

The diplomatic efforts will affect several key USA allies that import significant amounts of Iranian oil, including Japan, South Korea and Turkey.

CBS News State Department reporter Kylie Atwood reports that this marks a revival of protests seen in December and January. In 2010, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) ceased using a Tehran-based regional body, the Asian Clearing Union (ACU), to handle transactions with Iran.

In the face of the public show of discontent, officials sought to reassure Iranians while President Hassan Rouhani dismissed the demonstrations as "foreign media propaganda", and accused the USA of waging a "psychological, economic and political war" on Iran. "During 2011-2015, India reduced its purchases of Iranian oil-at some cost to its own development-in order to receive from the United States administration exemptions from sanctions".

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