How the US could end the standoff with Iran – Bloomberg
A week after Iran announced a halt to new US sanctions over its ballistic missile program, the Trump administration is seeking a solution to the problem by limiting Tehran’s ability to purchase oil and other resources in the United States.
The U.S. is also seeking to force Iran to curb its ballistic-missile program, a key component of its regional policy to limit Iran’s influence.
Under a proposal submitted Monday, the administration is pushing to end the two-year-old nuclear accord between Iran and world powers that has eased sanctions on Tehran.
The United States wants to end a six-month suspension of US-Iranian economic relations to ease concerns about Iran’s missile program.
“The Trump administration’s proposal to end all new U.N. sanctions would have a significant impact on the nuclear-related transactions with Iran,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
“The administration’s plan would also have a direct impact on Iran’s ability and willingness to conduct ballistic-capable ballistic missile development.”
The White House proposal also would allow Iran to purchase additional crude oil and natural gas.
Mnuchin, who has said Iran has “gone rogue,” said the sanctions should be extended indefinitely and a new agreement is needed.
Iran has said it wants to remain in the nuclear deal despite Trump’s threat to scrap it if it doesn’t reach a deal to curb the country’s nuclear program.
A spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The White the administration’s proposals would affect both commercial and international oil sales.
Exxon Mobil Corp., which has a $70 billion contract with Iran to refine its natural gas, said Monday it has not yet made a decision whether to continue working with Iran.
“The decision on whether to work with Iran remains open for ExxonMobil to review,” a company spokeswoman said in an email.
“We will have more information on this issue in the coming days.”
The proposal also requires Iran to take steps to ensure its ballistic missiles are not capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
Iran has long claimed that its missiles are meant for defensive purposes and are meant to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
After a United Nations panel in September assessed that Iran has no intention of pursuing a nuclear weapon, Trump said Iran’s ballistic missile programs should be put on hold and the United Nations lifted its sanctions.
Trump said in September that the U.T.O. should be “immediately and totally dismantled.”
The Obama administration imposed a series of sanctions on Iran after the 2009 election of a U.P. president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who called for the destruction of Israel.
Iran was then granted relief from sanctions, and the U’lian and its subsidiaries, which are the world’s largest exporters of Iranian oil, began shipping oil through the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane in the Gulf of Aden.
Iran is the world of the West, but the region’s leaders have sought to normalize ties with Tehran since the 2009 nuclear deal that was struck by the six powers and Iran and Russia.