Thursday, September 5, 2019

U.S. Intensifies Pressure Against Iran, Targets Oil Tanker Network — Irina Slav

So much for freedom of navigation. "Control of the seas" is more appropriate.
The new sanctions, targeting an oil tanker network involving 11 vessels, 16 entities, and 10 individuals, according to Xinhua, aim to further squeeze Iran’s international oil shipments. The new penalties come days after Tehran said it will not return to the negotiating table unless it was allowed to export crude.
As French President Emmanuel Macron leads an effort to relieve the pressure on Iran, the signal from the U.S. could not be clearer and both Hook and President Trump have said as much.
"We can't make it any more clear that we are committed to this campaign of maximum pressure and we are not looking to grant any exceptions or waivers," Hook told media in response to questions regarding the planned US$15-billion credit line France was ready to offer Iran in exchange for oil shipments.…
Russia, China and India need to make some decisions.

U.S. Intensifies Pressure Against Iran, Targets Oil Tanker Network
Irina Slav

See also

Russian envoy calls for resolving Iran nuclear deal issue 'on the basis of French ideas'

Putin says special organization may be created to address problems in Strait of Hormuz

See also

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Middle East Eye
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Sputnik International
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