UPDATE: TRUMP TWEETS! — Trump gets tough, issues ultimatum for three ALLIES who import Iranian oil!

When Trump dumped the phony Iran nuclear deal last year he reimposed heavy sanctions on Iran. Countries that were importing Iranian oil were told to stop or they would be subject to US sanctions.

In order to give them time to do this they were issued waivers, but now those waivers are about to expire and the Trump administration announced this morning that they are NOT going to renew those waivers:

AP – The White House says the U.S. is ending exemptions from sanctions for countries that import Iranian oil. In a statement, the White House said it was taking “timely action to assure that global demand is met as all Iranian oil is removed from the market.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was to discuss the move at the State Department Monday morning. The decision means sanctions waivers for five nations, including China and India and U.S. treaty allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, won’t be renewed when they expire on May 2.

The move comes as the administration toughens its already strict penalties on Iran by trying to choke off all the revenue the country makes from oil sales.

The waivers had been in place since November, when the administration re-imposed sanctions on Iran after President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

This amounts to an ultimatum for three of our allies to drop Iranian oil or be subject to tough US sanctions.



Pompeo suggests they have no excuse now as “production increases elsewhere will make up for the loss of Iranian oil on the market”.

He also tweeted a few moments ago:

I don’t expect Turkey to comply with this ultimatum whatsoever, which likely means we’re about to sanction a NATO ally.

As far as Japan and South Korea, I would hope that they come into compliance soon.

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51 thoughts on “UPDATE: TRUMP TWEETS! — Trump gets tough, issues ultimatum for three ALLIES who import Iranian oil!

  1. Turkey needs to be kicked out of NATO… then apply the sanctions. I doubt Germany would be on board with kicking them out since the majority of their immigrants come from Turkey and provide cheap labor. As for Japan and SK… they better get with the program.

  2. Do these countries think Iran will spare them? They won’t. There are other places to get the oil needed

  3. Sweet. Sounds like things are heating up. I wouldn’t be surprised if this leads to war.

  4. I don’t like pressuring India. The rest will fall into line and Turkey is a joke but we need to tread lightly.

    1. Fair point. India has been working hard to bypass regional roadblocks to trade (Pakistan mainly), and chose to make an agreement with Iran to beef up the port near Chabahar: https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/gamechanger-chabahar-port-on-agenda-as-as-pm-modi-visits-iran-10-facts-1408983

      On the other hand, India has played the major powers off against each other for decades. Partly to stay out of superpower conflict, but also out of sheer Machiavellian self interest.

      So Trump will likely have to try arm twisting. But PM Modi will want something in return.

  5. “Iran is being given VERY BAD advice by @JohnKerry and people who helped him lead the U.S. into the very bad Iran Nuclear Deal. Big violation of Logan Act?”

    Excellent Trump!

  6. Nice Logan Act reference to get the Justice Department moving on an investigation into Kerry. Lots of Dems still in there so not much will come from it unless directly pushed by President Trump.

  7. Nice Logan Act reference to get the Justice Department moving on an investigation into Kerry. Lots of Dems still in there so not much will come from it unless directly pushed by President Trump.

    1. Yeah, let’s all sound like that Dallas DA and stop punishing people for crime. We can say it’s just free trade.

    2. @covfefe

      International trade deals can be used to apply economic pressure on rogue regimes who choose to undermine the policies aimed at regional geopolitical stability abroad that the civilized world which hasn’t been corrupt with sharia islamofascist ideology demands.

      Do you think we or our allies we protect should be funding nations which deny the holocaust, threaten to wipe Israel and the United States off the map, and aides and embeds international terrorists? Every dollar they make off of use they use against us.

      Japan and South Korea haven’t been wiped off the map by North Korea thus far because of us and the protection we’ve been providing for them.

      Free trade is well and good if nations can behave themselves and look for ways to resolve their regional disputes without restoring to military action and the use of nuclear weapons. The free market works best when everyone involved are on the same page as far as healthy competition in the name of the all mighty dollar.

      However I get the feeling you don’t really believe in free trade and are only here to attack a Trump policy that makes sense and is in the best interests of us our allies, just because it’s a Trump policy.

  8. Do these countries think Iran will spare them? They won’t. There are other places to get the oil needed

  9. I don’t like pressuring India. The rest will fall into line and Turkey is a joke but we need to tread lightly.

    1. Fair point. India has been working hard to bypass regional roadblocks to trade (Pakistan mainly), and chose to make an agreement with Iran to beef up the port near Chabahar: https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/gamechanger-chabahar-port-on-agenda-as-as-pm-modi-visits-iran-10-facts-1408983

      On the other hand, India has played the major powers off against each other for decades. Partly to stay out of superpower conflict, but also out of sheer Machiavellian self interest.

      So Trump will likely have to try arm twisting. But PM Modi will want something in return.

      1. Maybe we can ship India some LNG (liquefied natural gas) in exchange for them getting their oil from somewhere else. That might boost our natural gas market.

    1. Do you not understand how temporary waivers work? President Trump was very considerate to Americas allies in giving them a one year waiver to finish their buy orders with Iran. Now the year is over and Iran is fully sanctioned again.

    2. He made it very clear the waivers were temporary. His tune (in this issue, at least) has remained consistent.

  10. This may make me change my definition of sanctions… which is: “penalties imposed on other nations and individuals that always fall short of what is necessary for them to accomplish the desired goal.”

  11. Turkey needs to be kicked out of NATO… then apply the sanctions. I doubt Germany would be on board with kicking them out since the majority of their immigrants come from Turkey and provide cheap labor. As for Japan and SK… they better get with the program.

  12. “Iran is being given VERY BAD advice by @JohnKerry and people who helped him lead the U.S. into the very bad Iran Nuclear Deal. Big violation of Logan Act?”

    Excellent Trump!

  13. Don’t let up, make them take a side. They are either with us or against us. Siding with terrorists has consequences, those who continue to support Iran need to feel the heat, no more Mr nice guy. Make it hurt.

  14. Sweet. Sounds like things are heating up. I wouldn’t be surprised if this leads to war.

      1. Excuse Me? Who The F*** are you calling a bot? Do you even pay attention to things that are happening on the world stage? Turkey will use this action further their reach in the region and use it as another excuse in a long line of excuses for their own acts of aggression. I like what Trump is doing, but a person has to look at the real cause and effect aspects of things.

          1. Have you been following any of the articles that the Right Scoop has been posting in the recent past about Turkey expanding their reach back to the Old Ottoman Empire Days?

      1. No, but based on what has been happening in the regions, it would not surprise me in the least if there were acts of aggression that happen as a result of this move by the Trump Admin. In case anyone was wondering, I support what the Trump Admin. did with this.

    1. He made it very clear the waivers were temporary. His tune (in this issue, at least) has remained consistent.

  15. This may make me change my definition of sanctions… which is: “penalties imposed on other nations and individuals that always fall short of what is necessary for them to accomplish the desired goal.”

  16. Don’t let up, make them take a side. They are either with us or against us. Siding with terrorists has consequences, those who continue to support Iran need to feel the heat, no more Mr nice guy. Make it hurt.

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