|U.S. to keep pressing Iranian oil buyers on sanctions||
TEHRAN – The United States has said that it will keep pressing the countries that buy Iranian oil to enforce sanctions despite a landmark deal recently forged by Tehran and world powers meant to help resolve the dispute over the country’s nuclear program, according to the Hindustan Times.
“We’ve been very clear that as we negotiated the first-step agreement and as we negotiate the final agreement, the architecture, the core architecture of Iran’s oil and banking sector sanctions remain in place,” U.S. State Department spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters Friday.
The November 24 “initial, six-month” deal between Iran and world powers limits Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting some sanctions while a “comprehensive solution” is worked out.
“We have done a lot of diplomatic hard work - very hard diplomatic, tireless work, again, with countries like India, Japan, South Korea, others - to put in place these sanctions on Iran’s oil,” she said.
“We know it’s not easy for these countries, but we all have done it because it’s in the world’s interest to put pressure on Iran to get them to a diplomatic solution to their nuclear program,” Harf said.
“So we’re going to keep talking to these countries,” she said. “We are going to keep enforcing a majority of the sanctions and we’ll keep having these conversations.”
The spokesperson said the U.S. “would actively fight any attempts to use this first-step agreement as a way for people suddenly to somehow try to evade sanctions in any way.”
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