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The latest: India is getting rid of Iran after previous import cuts

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The latest on the situation in Iran after the resumption of all US sanctions in…

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The latest on the situation in Iran after the resumption of all US sanctions in the country (all times locally):

5:45

A former Indian diplomat says he deserves a waiver from US sanctions against Iran because of its dependence on Iranian oil and earlier measures to reduce imports.

The Indian government has not yet commented that it is granted a suspension with seven other countries. India’s premier oil supplier is Iraq, followed by Iran and Saudi Arabia.

The former diplomat Pinak Chakravarty said Tuesday that India reduced its oil imports from Iran under a previous sanction.

He says that it was a quid pro quo that if you lower it, the United States would make this sanction. “

He says imports cover almost 80 percent of India’s energy needs and must be imported from Iran to be able to grow the economy.

The United States restored sanctions against Iran’s oil industry this week, which had been lifted under the 201

5 nuclear agreement, which President Donald Trump retired in May.

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3:30 pm

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says that new US sanctions are an “unreasonable assault” in their country.

Zarif made comments Tuesday in an online video. He said the sanctions aimed to force “us to surrender to (America) will, no matter how absurd, illegal or fundamentally wrong its demands are.”

Zarif urged America to rethink their “disasters” in Mideast. It includes its support from both Saudi Arabia and Israel.

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3:15

Although an exception has been granted, Turkey’s president has criticized the resumption of sanctions against Iran, calling it a destabilizing step.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to reporters in parliament on Tuesday and also said that sanctions violate international law and diplomacy, according to the state Anadolu Agency.

US President Donald Trump’s Administration resumed sanctions on Iran on Monday, although Turkey is among eight major importers of Iranian oil temporarily saved from immediate penalties.

Anadolu quoted Erdogan saying: “We do not find sanctions to be right because we are sanctions aimed at weakening the global balance.”

Asked about Turkey’s “roadmap” when the suspension was lifted, recalled Erdogan Turkey relies on imports of oil and natural gas and said he can not allow his citizens to “freeze in winter.”

“We can not follow them (sanctions), we can not accept them,” says Erdogan.

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3:05

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister is hoping for negotiations to ease tensions between Iran and the United States now when the Trump administration has imposed sanctions.

Ambassador Seyed M. Kazem Sajjadpour said in London on Tuesday that the United States has “v utryck enkelt naivt” see that Iran will rest under pressure.

“The assumption is that we cut the oil’s money, then Iran will be deprived, then the Iranian people will be revolted, then the system will change, when we’re fine, then paradise will come,” he said in a Chatham -hustal

He says that this view “denies Iran’s reality and reality in foreign policy”.

Sajjadpour says Iran is self-confident and wanting

12:20

Japan says it is gratifying to temporarily save from punishment when the United States resumes sanctions against Iran.

However, chief secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Japan will monitor and analyze possible consequences that sanctions may need to ensure that sanctions do not affect Japanese companies.

President Donald Trump’s administration rescued all remaining sanctions against Iran on Mond ay.

Japan is one of the eight major importers of Iranian oil that received exemptions from immediate penalties.

Suck said that Japan’s exclusion reflects Washington’s consideration of Tokyo’s repeated requests to minimize the effects of sanctions against Japanese companies.

He said that Japan continues to cooperate closely and discuss the issue with the United States.

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10:50

The United States self-declared “largest” sanction list directed against Iran includes an oil tanker that has already dropped and a long-term bank.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday in a tweet called the resumption of sanctions a desperate move and said that they are targeting ordinary iranians.

Sanctions by the US Treasury Department focus on, among others, the oil tanker Sanchi, which fell in January after a week of firing the coast of China and killed all 32 crews on board.

The list also contains Tat Bank, which was resolved in 2012 due to lack of transparency and financial costs.

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9:30

South Korea’s president spokesman states that the United States has demonstrated the strength of the two countries’ alliance by allowing South Korea to continue importing Iranian crude oil products with reintegrated sanctions against Iran.

Kim Eui-kyeom spoke with reporters Tuesday after South Korea was named as one of eight countries that received exemptions from the United States to continue importing Iranian crude oil and other petroleum products without punishment

South Korea’s trade minister Kim Hyun-Chong says resignation “opens breathing room “for South Korea’s oil refining and companies exporting to Iran.

South Korea states that it can also continue exporting non-sanctioned products to Iran after the United States agreed to recognize a transaction system where local businesses receive payments through two Korean won-denominated accounts that Iran’s central bank opened in South Korea.

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