WASHINGTON — The U.S. has extended a waiver for Japan after Japan reduces oil imports from Iran.
Reuters reported that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry approved the waiver for American ally Japan in order to eventually choke funding for the Iranian government.
The sanctions were supposed to hit Iran right where it should hurt: oil exports and revenues. But there are reports that the sanctions are not preventing missile components from reaching the Iranian government.
Iran had began developing capacities to enrich uranium, which Iran said was for peaceful purposes. But the U.S., European Union and Israel are wary of a Middle Eastern country having nuclear weapons capability. Iran said their uranium enrichment program was for generating electricity and medical purposes.