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US tells world to halt all Iranian oil imports by November

Japan and India under pressure as Washington says 'no exceptions'

Sanctions on Iran come into effect on Nov. 4. The deadline for Japanese companies to secure alternative sources falls in early September.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The U.S. is pushing countries around the world to cut all imports of Iranian crude oil by Nov. 4 as part of economic sanctions against the Middle Eastern nation, indicating that no exceptions will be made.

Washington will work with other oil producers to ensure global oil supplies when the oil embargo takes effect, according to a senior State Department official. China, India and Japan are among the main importers of Iranian oil.

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