US pushing allies to cut Iran oil imports

IRNA – The Trump administration is pushing US allies to cut their oil imports from Iran to zero by November.

President Donald Trump last month withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear deal. Sanctions on Iran’s energy sector that were eased will resume after a grace period, Reuters reported.

A senior State Department official says US officials are visiting European and Asian countries to say they should completely eliminate their oil imports from Iran before the grace period expires on November 4. The official says the US doesn’t intend to issue waivers.

The official also says the US is working with other Middle East countries to increase production so the global oil supply isn’t harmed.

The official wasn’t authorized to be identified by name and briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.