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Iran: Tehran react to US’s refusal to extend exemptions for oil exports

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Residents of Tehran on Monday reacted to Washington’s decision not to extend waivers granted to China, Japan, South Korea, Turkey and India on their imports of Iranian oil.

“If we want to improve, we should distance ourselves from an oil-based economy and it does not matter whether we do it ourselves or the US forces us to do so,” said an Iranian student with another adding that Iran had learned to work its way around such hurdles.

Others reacted to the US’s decision to transition to other regional oil sources such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to fill in the void left by cutting Iran’s oil exports.

“If we cannot export our oil, Saudi Arabia and the UAE … the executers of the US’s plan should not to be able export their oil,” said an Iranian employee who demanded official action.

The waivers granted to China, Japan, South Korea, Turkey and India are set to expire on May 2.

The exemptions were granted back in 2015, when US President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA).

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