NEW YORK, August 23. /TASS/. The news sanctions of Washington against Tehran will be tougher than those introduced before the Iran nuclear deal, there will almost be no exceptions for businesses, US President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton said. His statements were published on the Wall Street Journal’s website.
"We’re not just going to stop at where the sanctions were in 2015, our goal, our objective really is essentially we’d like to say no waivers to the sanctions," Bolton stressed.
The Wall Street Journal daily points out that "historically, U.S. administrations have given companies waivers" that allowed them "to deal with Iran under certain circumstances, including trade in medical and humanitarian goods." The article explains that the two latest exceptions "remain in place despite the new sanctions," however, "other permissions allowing companies to trade with Iran through foreign subsidiaries" will be cancelled in November.
Bolton added that the US are ready to grant just two "very limited" sanctions waivers. He refused to provide additional information on these waivers.
On May 8, US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. The US president said that old sanctions would be restored, and new ones would be introduced in case Tehran attempted to pursue its nuclear ambitions. At the same time, Trump called for making a new agreement. However, Trump actually advanced unfulfillable conditions for Tehran.
Several US sanctions came into force on August 7, covering Iran’s car manufacturing sector, as well as gold and other precious metals trade. On November 5, restrictions on oil export will be introduced.
Other members of the Iran nuclear deal - Russia, Germany, the UK, China and France - do not approve of the US’ exit and remain loyal to previous agreements. On August 7, the EU introduced the updated Blocking Statute, which declares all extraterritorial US sanctions against Iran invalid on all its territory, forbids European companies from cooperating with the US on introducing them, and puts a block on all decisions of foreign courts made on the basis of these sanctions.