Sanctions working, says envoy on Iran as US ends waivers for Iranian oil

US Special Representative on Iran Brian Hook said: ""We are making this policy in the interest of a more peaceful and stable Middle East because we are not going to have a more peaceful Middle East unless we have a more peaceful Iran."
US Special Representative on Iran Brian Hook said: ""We are making this policy in the interest of a more peaceful and stable Middle East because we are not going to have a more peaceful Middle East unless we have a more peaceful Iran."PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The United States has been assured by Saudi Arabia that it will compensate for Iranian oil taken off the market as a result of US sanctions, Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook said, minutes after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the end of waivers for countries importing Iranian oil on Monday morning.

"Anybody who wants oil can get it at the volume, grade and compatibility that they want," Mr Hook told The Straits Times in an interview. "The oil market is an entirely different place than six months ago when we had to grant oil waivers. Countries have been given a year to make the transition. More than 20 countries have already made the transition to zero from all over the world."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 24, 2019, with the headline 'Sanctions working, says envoy on Iran as US ends waivers for Iranian oil'. Print Edition | Subscribe