No exceptions will be made for countries that currently buy oil from Tehran, the official said.
“We view this as one of our top national security priorities,” the official told reporters on a conference call. “I would be hesitant to say, ‘zero waivers ever,’ (but) I think the predisposition would be no, we’re not granting waivers.”
This latest messaging from the administration suggests the Trump administration is holding a hard line with its international allies as it withdraws from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement under which Iran rolled back its nuclear program in exchange for broad sanctions relief.
Washington’s tough stance sent oil prices surging. US crude spiked 3.5% to about $70.50 a barrel. Prices have climbed sharply this year, in part due to concerns about US sanctions on Iran disrupting supply from the OPEC nation.
The administration announced it was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal in May, giving companies and governments six months to wind down energy-related activities before sanctions are re-imposed on November 4.