‘US forced to exempt 8 Iran oil buyers from sanctions’

The policies adopted by Iran and its Petroleum Ministry forced Washington to issue exemptions to 8 of Iran’s oil buyers, said Iran’s deputy petroleum minister for international affairs and trade. Addressing an investment conference in Tehran on Monday, Amir Hossein Zamaninia, elaborated on the latest state of an Iran-Europe banking channel, Shana reported. He said the sanction reprieves to eight countries to continue buying Iranian oil was not a US decision, “but Iran’s policies and the Petroleum Ministry’s strategies imposed that decision on them.” The official said maintaining a strategic balance between Iran and Europe “requires that Europe takes action.” He called on Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany, as well as Japan, India, and Brazil, as major countries associated with Iran, to play their part regarding the US sanctions and new international ties that were being formed