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The United States will likely reimpose sanctions against Iran after 180 days, unless some other agreement is reached.

Renewing sanctions would make it much harder for Iran to sell its oil overseas or use the worldwide banking system. Pertinently, North Korea believes it can at least rely on China as a buffer against potential US aggression; Iran does not have a similar faith in Europe. In the administration's view, measures like crippling US -led sanctions against Pyongyang's critical industries brought North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to his knees - and the same policy should work with Tehran, as well. "The Treasury Department thanks the UAE for its close collaboration on this matter".

Still, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday reiterated her support for the Iran nuclear deal and agreed with Trump that talks were needed to established how US sanctions would affect companies operating in Iran.

The Iran Nuclear Deal Framework was a preliminary framework agreement reached in 2015 between the Islamic Republic of Iran and a group of world powers: the P5+1 (the permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, and China-plus Germany) and the European Union. Even the loss of the big airplane orders should be manageable: Boeing got 912 net orders in 2017, compared with the 110 promised to Iran. When Iran agreed to limit its nuclear developments to energy production, sanctions were lifted on its oil exports which boosted global oil supplies.

US light crude was down 16 cents at $71.20, having touched a 3-1/2 year high of $71.89 on Thursday.

Setting fire to a paper USA flag and chanting "Death to America", the lawmakers symbolized the anger felt by many Iranians as Trump reneged on the Obama-era deal, signed in 2015 after two years of intense negotiations. Instead of discussing an extension of production cuts, the organization will be discussing plans to replace Iranian oil on the market and thus increase their oil output.

The American president's withdrawal, as well as increasing investments into alternative energy, sent prices soaring last week to their highest level since 2014, the NZ Herald reported.

The price of Brent crude oil could jump as high as $US100 a barrel next year as sanctions on Iran shrink inventories, analysts warn.

Britain, France and Germany had promised to remain within the nuclear deal because it was the only way to prevent a Middle-Eastern nuclear arms race.

According to Credit Suisse, the last time Iran was subject to global sanctions (between 2010 and 2016) its oil exports fell from 2.2 million barrels per day to around 1.1 million barrels.

While the U.S. could "totally d***" the Iranians, it would requires over a "couple of million" men, led to unspeakable causalities and require a full-scale invasion of Iran. "With prices moving close to $US80 a barrel and with a great opportunity presented to Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation to regain market share without crashing the oil price, we think there is a good chance the current OPEC+ deal will end by the end of 2018, if not before".

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