Any move by Iran to close Strait of Hormuz unacceptable-senior US official
WASHINGTON, April 22 (Reuters) - Any move by Iran to close
the strategic Strait of Hormuz in response to the United States
ending oil waivers for purchases of Iranian oil would be
unjustified and unacceptable, a senior administration official
said on Monday.
The official, who briefed a small group of reporters on
condition of anonymity, said President Donald Trump is confident
that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will fulfill
their pledges to make up the difference in oil for the eight
countries that had received waivers from U.S. sanctions.
The United States sees no need to consider tapping the
Strategic Petroleum Reserve in the aftermath of the waivers'
ending, the official said.
U.S. officials are now looking at ways to prevent Iran from
circumventing existing oil sanctions, the official added.
(Reporting by Steve Holland in Washington
Editing by James Dalgleish)
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