US extends Iran oil sanctions waivers to China, India, S. Korea

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The US State Department extended six-month Iran sanctions waivers on Friday to China, India, South Korea and other countries in exchange for their reducing purchases of Iranian crude oil. 

The State Department is required by US sanctions law on Iran's disputed nuclear programme to determine whether Iran's oil consumers have reduced their purchases.

The decision on waivers comes even after the United States and five other global powers agreed in Geneva this month to ease some sanctions on frozen funds on Iran in exchange for Teheran's taking steps to curb its nuclear programme.

"We will continue to aggressively enforce our sanctions over the next six months, as we work to determine whether there is a comprehensive solution that gives us confidence that the Iranian nuclear programme is for exclusively peaceful purposes," Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement.