Iran Sanctions Kick In

Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari speaks during a demonstration outside the former US embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran

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Al-Shateri said the expected increase in oil prices might offset Iran's loss of oil exports because of the U.S. sanctions.

The Trump administration has granted exemptions to eight countries to continue importing Iranian oil, without naming them.

Washington had said it will ensure a well-supplied global oil market, with help from ally Saudi Arabia, as Iran oil is cut back.

More than 700 individuals, entities, vessels and aircraft will be put on the sanctions list, including major banks, oil exporters and shipping companies. The US withdrawal from the nuclear deal has already had a huge effect, including the devaluing of the Iranian rial and oil exports falling by about a million barrels a day.

"Secretary Pompeo has been very clear that we have an ear open to what is possible".

The current crude oil selloff may have overextended itself, with U.S. crude prices declining for four straight weeks into the 62.50 region, and the next logical resistance zone for a bullish recovery will be seen at the previous support zone near 66.30, while continued selling will see fresh support from last April's low of 61.75.

How did we get here?

SECO said it was in touch with United States authorities, Iran and unnamed Swiss companies on developing a humanitarian payment channel. "But America's plots and its plans for sanctions will be defeated through continued resistance", said Jafari.

The sanctions end all economic benefits America had granted Tehran for its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, though Iran for now continues to abide by the accord that saw it limit its enrichment of uranium.

First, keep in mind that in addition to these countries, Russian Federation is thumbing its nose at the U.S. pressure campaign and is assisting Iran in a variety of ways economically. We've been able to do that in a way that hasn't had a huge impact on crude oil prices. Thus terms of contracts would become important, they add. But New Delhi is keen to continue buying oil from its traditional ally. However, despite this, the analyst believes that the new U.S. sanctions will not be strongly felt.

India and South Korea do not border Iran, but they both rely heavily on its oil and they are important countries to overall United States interests. This framework has also been approved by the USA for the 8 countries that would enjoy its waiver to keep the global oil markets calm.

The restoration of sanctions is part of a wider effort by US President Donald Trump to force Iran to curb its nuclear and missile programs as well as its support for proxy forces in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East. Also, the earlier practice of routing money for oil through UCO Bank and IDBI Bank may be explored.

Pompeo also remarked on President Donald Trump's "sanctions are coming" message, which he tweeted out in the form of a dramatic Game of Thrones-style poster Friday. He also noted that some have claimed that the Trump administration has "caved".

President Trump announced in May that his administration was withdrawing from what he called the "worst ever" agreement negotiated by the United States. "Watch as we've already taken more crude oil off the market than any time in previous history", he told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down 27 cents, or 0.4 percent, at $62.87 a barrel.

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