In today’s investment news, the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the”U.S. will not issue any Exclusion to Iranian petroleum importers,” in a tweet Monday. “The international oil market stays well-supplied. We are convinced it will remain secure as jurisdictions transition from Iranian crude.” The waivers were set to end May 2.
Maximum Pressure on the Iranian regime means maximum pressure. That’s why the U.S. won’t issue any exceptions to Iranian petroleum importers. The global oil market stays well-supplied. We’re confident it will stay secure as authorities transition away from Iranian simple.
The U.S. had granted 180-day Waivers to eight countries, allowing them to purchase Iranian crude despite sanctions set in place in November, with the stipulation that the nations move toward reducing those purchases and finally stopping imports (see list below):
Greece (already decreased Iran imports to zero)
Italy (reduced to zero)
Taiwan (reduced to zero)
China, India, Turkey, Japan, and South Korea have not ceased importing Iranian oil, according to this Washington Post.
Why aren’t waivers being renewed?
Industry Participants believed a”complete cutoff of waivers was improbable since the [Trump] administration clearly prefers petroleum prices which are not too high,” said Michael Lynch, president of Strategic Energy & Economic Research.
President Donald Trump made an effort to calm the petroleum market, which saw prices rally Monday to indicate their highest settlement because of late October. May West Texas Intermediate crude CLK9, +2.59% rose $1.70, or 2.7%, to settle at $65.70 a barrel on its expiration day.
In a tweet, Trump said: “Saudi Arabia and others in OPEC will more than make up the Oil Flow gap in our Full Sanctions on Iranian Oil.”
Saudi Arabia and others in OPEC will more than make the Oil Flow difference in our now Full Sanctions on South Oil. Iran is being given VERY BAD guidance by @JohnKerry and people who helped him lead the U.S. to the very poor Iran Nuclear Deal.
The Decision to finish the waivers”essentially ends the OPEC+ production cuts arrangement,” said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda. “The lack of waivers will call for other OPEC members to compensate for the missing oil and that will make it challenging to have all members agree on a new strategy.”
Participants of the Organization of the Oil Exporting Countries and nonmembers had implemented a strategy in January to cut production by a total of 1.2 million barrels from October amounts through June of the year. The producers plan to maintain their next official encounters on June 25-26, just ahead of the program’s expiration.
What happens next?
Iran Has allegedly threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for sanctions. The U.S. is dedicated to”not let that happen” so a closed is”unlikely,” Oanda’s Moya stated. The Energy Information Administration believes it to be the planet’s most important oil transit chokepoint since it accounts for approximately 30 percent of seaborne-traded crude oil and other liquids.
Expressed doubt that Iranian oil imports would fall to zero. “Expect more saber rattling from Iran. The threat to close the Strait of Hormuz is vacuous, but I anticipate they’ll hold naval exercises near the strait as they have in the past. It helps encourage the purchase price, and they also get more revenue for any oil they do export.”
Moya told MarketWatch: “While the U.S. Would like to watch Iran exports fall to zero, They won’t. If that were to occur, We’d visit a military escalation From the Persian Gulf,” speaking about the danger of a Strait of Hormuz closure.