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US ramps up pressure on Iran, calls on allies to stop buying oil

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The Trump administration called on its allies to stop buying oil from Iran in a bid to weaken the Islamic Republic.

By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News

The United States confirmed Tuesday that the government has asked countries around the world to stop buying Iranian oil by November 4th as it ramps up economic pressure on the Islamic Republic.

In May, the Trump administration withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal.

Asked if they were passing this message along to everyone, including China – a major importer of Iranian oil – an unnamed State Department official said, “Yes, we are asking them to go to zero,” noting that if they do not comply, their companies will be sanctioned by the United States.

The official added that a US delegation is going to the Middle East next week to urge the big oil-producing countries in the Gulf to take up the slack as Iran will be cut out of the market when the American sanctions are re-imposed.

November 4th will mark the end of the 180-day window for countries to wind down their economic relations with Iran since President Donald Trump left the “terrible” agreement that limited controls on Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions that had crippled the country.

Iran’s European allies, in an attempt to preserve the deal, have been urging the US administration to exempt certain companies from punishment if they continue doing business with Tehran. The American official said that officially the rule was “No, we’re not granting waivers,” although he “would be hesitant to say zero waivers ever.”
The Iranian economy has plunged since the US left the nuclear deal – even before the sanctions were put back into place. The currency is almost worthless (currently one USD costs 90,000 rials), and thousands of protestors have returned to the streets of Tehran over the last three days.

“Help us, not Gaza,” and “Leave Syria alone and deal with Iran” are some of the slogans the demonstrators have shouted, angry at the billions of dollars the regime spends on projecting its power in regional skirmishes and supporting terrorist organizations instead of helping its own citizens.

There have yet to be mass arrests, although AP reported that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said, during a meeting with judiciary officials on Wednesday, that authorities need to ensure an “atmosphere of security” and “must confront those who disrupt economic security.”

特朗普政府呼吁其盟国停止向伊朗购买石油,以削弱伊朗伊斯兰共和国。

由:巴蒂亚Jerenberg,世界以色列新闻

美国周二证实,政府已经要求全球各国在11月4日前停止购买伊朗石油,因为它加大了伊斯兰共和国的经济压力。

5月份,特朗普政府退出了2015年的核协议。

当被问及他们是否将此消息传递给所有人时,包括中国 – 伊朗石油的一个主要进口国 – 一位不愿透露姓名的国务院官员说,“是的,我们要求他们归零”,并指出如果他们不遵守,他们的公司将受到美国的制裁。

这位官员补充说,美国代表团下周将前往中东,敦促海湾地区的大型石油生产国缓解局势,因为在美国实施制裁时,伊朗将会退出市场。

11月4日将迎来180天窗口的结束,各国逐步减少其与伊朗的经济关系,因为总裁唐纳德·特朗普留下的“可怕”的协议,限制了控制对伊朗的核计划,以换取这已经削弱了解除制裁国家。

为了维护这笔交易,伊朗的欧洲盟友一直在敦促美国政府如果继续与德黑兰开展业务,可以免除某些公司的处罚。这位美国官员说,正式的规则是“不,我们不会放弃”,尽管他“会毫不犹豫地说零豁免。”

自美国离开核协议以来,伊朗经济一直处于下跌状态 – 甚至在制裁恢复之前。这种货币几乎毫无价值(目前一美元需要9万里亚尔),成千上万的抗议者在过去三天已返回德黑兰的街头。

“帮助我们,而不是加沙”和“独自离开叙利亚和对付伊朗”是一些示威者高呼口号,在数十亿美元的政权在地区的小规模冲突突出它的力量和支持恐怖组织,而不是花费生气帮助自己的公民。

目前还有待大规模逮捕,虽然美联社报道,最高领袖哈梅内伊说,上周三与司法官员在会议期间,该部门需要确保一个“安全的氛围”和“必须面对那些谁破坏经济安全。”

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