USA rejects European Union request to grant exemptions on Iran

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Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to reporters aboard Pompeo's plane as they flew back from Mexico, where they held talks with the government and president-elect on border security, immigration and trade negotiations.

The documents have heightened Israel's distrust of Iran's intentions and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which Iran, the U.S., China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the European Union agreed to in 2015.

MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar said last week here that India would welcome greater engagements with the U.S. on the sanctions row.

Iranians have since claimed that the Israeli haul is fabricated, but USA and British officials validated it.

The complaint came in response to Washington's decision in May to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran.

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Trump has assailed that agreement, which lifted the sanctions in return for Iran's verifiable pledges to use nuclear power peacefully, as "the worst deal", despite support for it by the other participants, including Britain, France and Germany, major US allies.

The US has told India and other countries to cut oil imports from Iran to "zero" by November 4 or face sanctions.

In today's meeting, India told the Iranian side that it was yet to take a call on complying with the USA sanctions.

The New York Times released a report on Sunday which revealed that Israeli agents had just six hours and 29 minutes to break into the non-descript nuclear facility in a commercial district of the Iranian capital, Tehran, before the guards arrived in the morning.

It added that the United States is "not in a position to make exceptions to this policy except in very specific circumstances". "We want to be very careful in the wind down around the energy markets to make sure that people have the time". That's something that Treasury and State will be doing. "We'll consider them appropriately".

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India admits about "pressure" from the U.S. but said this was not a stand alone case and negotiations were viable options. They say the new revelations show precisely why the nuclear deal was necessary.

"I wrote in the springtime to Steve Mnuchin.to ask him for an exemption for European companies legally working in Iran", Le Maire said according to an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro that was published Friday.

Pompeo has been a hardline voice on Tehran. In a similar direction, the leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, pronounced himself in June.

"We are not looking to grant licenses or waivers.But we are prepared to work with countries that are reducing their imports on a case-by-case basis", Brian Hook, Director of Policy Planning at the State Department has been quoted as saying.

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