The US announced that it is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the US Central Command region, as a response to a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings to Iran. The country also clarified that it is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but it is ‘fully prepared to respond to any attack.
Iran threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz if it was not allowed to use the strategic waterway through which around a fifth of oil that is consumed globally passes. This came after the US announcement that it will end exemptions awarded last year to eight buyers of Iranian oil, demanding them to stop purchases by May 1 or face sanctions.
The US in coordination with Canada and the EU imposed sanctions to six Russian companies, including shipbuilders and marine equipment manufacturers. The sanctions were announced on March 15 in response to Russia’s continued and ongoing aggression in Ukraine.
The Maritime Authority of Panama (AMP) moved to cancelling the registration of a number of Iranian vessels, due to US imposing sanctions that target transportation, oil and banking areas. The move came after Juan Carlos Varela, Panamanian president, issued a presidential decree, allowing the AMP to de-register these vessels.
The Russian freighter ‘Sevastopol’, is stranded in the South Korean port of Busan for over a month. The ships has been blacklisted by the US, as its owner has allegedly violated the sanctions. According to reports, local oil companies are reluctant to supply the ship with fuel.
The Standard P&i Club informs that President Obama signed an Executive Order (E.O.) last week which will revoke sanctions against Sudan on 12 July 2017, if the Government of Sudan sustains positive actions it has taken over the last six months.
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