Zaghari-Ratcliffe could be released as part of prisoner exchange - Iran minister

India imports around 10 per cent of its total crude imports from Iran

China firmly opposes the unilateral sanctions and so-called "long-arm jurisdictions" imposed by the U.S. The normal energy cooperation under the global law between Iran and other members of the worldwide community, China included, is legitimate and lawful; thus it must be respected and protected...

The waivers leave intact sanctions that apply directly to Iran's Revolutionary Guard and its proxies, which are the first agencies of a foreign government that have ever been designated a foreign "terrorist" organisation by the United States.

Since taking office in January 2017, Trump increased pressure on Tehran and in May 2018, he fulfilled his electoral promise of withdrawing from a 2015 nuclear accord reached with Iran by the previous administration of Barack Obama along with five world powers.

"We will continue to find buyers for our oil and we will continue to use the Strait of Hormuz as a safe transit passage for the sale of our oil", Zarif said. He said, "The government has noted the announcement by the USA government to discontinue the Significant Reduction Exemption to all purchasers of crude oil from Iran".

In May a year ago, the USA brought back sanctions on Iran after it withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal which was struck in 2015.

In one notice, he said the sanctions "shall not apply to any ministry, department, agency, division, or other group or subgroup within any foreign government" unless that entity is covered by existing U.S. sanctions.

US sanctions against oil exporter Iran were introduced in November 2018, but Washington allowed its largest buyers limited imports of crude for another half-year as an adjustment period. Both previously enjoyed the waivers scheduled to expire by May.

The announcement primarily impacts Iranian oil importers including China, India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey.

"I feel sorry for them, and I have done my best to help", Zarif said of Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

On the other side, he cited US extradition warrants against an Iranian man with a heart condition held in Germany for trying to buy spare parts for civilian airplanes, and against an Iranian woman imprisoned in Australia for three years who was the translator in the purchase of equipment for Iranian broadcasting. Let's discuss them. Let's have an exchange.

Under sweeping sanctions the United States has imposed to squeeze the clerical regime, Fanamoj has been targeted for alleged links with the country's missile program. But it also allows for the penalties to be waived. "How China responds will go a long way to shape just how much Iranian exports are cut or not".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif vowed on Tuesday that Iranians would not listen to Trump.

India will likely hold talks with the U.S. government and press the latter for the continuation of importing oil beyond May 2.

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