Lindsay: Where Iran exports oil
Source: The New York Times
January 14th, 2012
02:35 PM ET

Lindsay: Where Iran exports oil

Editor's Note: Dr. James M. Lindsay is a Senior Vice President at the Council on Foreign Relations and co-author of America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy. Visit his blog here and follow him on Twitter

By James M. Lindsay

The United States and its European allies are now looking to squeeze Iran’s oil exports in an effort to persuade Tehran to abandon its nuclear activities. Congress just gave President Obama the power to punish foreign financial firms that purchase Iranian oil, and the Europeans are considering cutting back their purchase of Iranian oil. How well these new sanctions will work is a matter of conjecture.

As the graphic above makes clear, European countries buy a relatively small fraction of Iran’s oil. Meanwhile, the U.S. sanctions could put Washington on a collision course with several of its most important Asian allies as well as with countries like China and India whose cooperation it wants on other issues.

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  1. j. von hettlingen

    China will be reluctant to support the sanctions towards Iran, not only because of its dependence on Iran's oil. The relations between the two current governments are good. They hadn't had any military conflict and can look back to two thousand years of trade and diplomatic relations. Both the Iranians and Chinese cherish their historic relationship and stand by each other in the international arena.

    January 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Reply
    • billp37

      China critised U.S. sanctions on a Chinese company selling refined petroleum products to Iran, calling Washington's punishment an unreasonable step beyond international sanctions on Tehran's nuclear programme.

      January 14, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  2. JAL

    Strait of Hormuz is a trap. Dont fall in. Too many Tears already.

    January 14, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Reply
    • billp37

      Google 'iran cornerstone of possible ww3'

      January 14, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  3. Steve

    We must all live in peace, use electric cars and have solar power instead of having wars over oil. I hope the crazy americans dont start another war. Russia, North Korea and Iran. Its a loosing battle for what ? So millions of people will die for what. Sort your hot heads out and talk.

    January 15, 2012 at 12:07 am | Reply
  4. facts

    IRAN IS HELPING THE TERRORIST ORGANIZATION HEZBOLLAH WHICH 100 TIME WORSE THAN AL QAEDA, IRAN THUGS ARE HELPING SYRIA MINORITY GOVERNMENT WITH MONEY AND WEAPONS M IRAN PAY RUSSIA THE MONEY AND RUSSIAN EVIL EMPIRE BRINGING THE WEAPONS TO SYRIAN SEA PORT,,,,IRAN HELPING IRAQI SHIIA THUGS TO KILL CHRISTEAN'S AND OTHERS, THEY ALSO DESTROYING LEBANON BAHRAIN YEMEN AND HAMAS.....THEY ARE EVIL CULT
    , WORSE THAN HITLER..WE MUST ACT NOW, RON PAUL IS THE VILLAGE IDIOT IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NO BETTER THAN THIS HALF MUSLIM PRESIDENT ( OBAMA), IRAN DO HAVE WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND WHEN THEY HAVE WORSE THEY WILL USE IT THEY ALREADY MENTIONED THAT ON TV AND IN THE UN GO READ AHMEDI NEJAD SPEECH IN THE UN..... NOW IRAN HELPING CHINA AND THE COMMUNIST VENEZUELA REGIMES...AND EVEN EXPANDING TO AFRICA OPENING SAFE HOUSES UNDER PRAYERS PLACES CALLED HUSAYNIA..!!!THOSE EVIL WILL NEVER STOP UNTIL THEY DESTROY EVERY GOOD IN THIS EARTH......EVIL CAN SMILE AND LIE EVIL CAN SHOW YOU HE IS GOOD...DONT BE FOOL. WORLD PEACE , IRAN DONT HAVE PEACE IN THEIR DICTIONARY.

    January 15, 2012 at 2:29 am | Reply
    • sahran

      The peoplpe like you also must die in war accidentally.

      January 15, 2012 at 2:44 am | Reply
    • robroy

      so facts,how come a poll done in 50 plus nations last year put you,the U.S.A as the greatest threat to world peace.i guess the rest of us are a little misguided?

      January 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  5. Lee

    USA Defence Secretary also said , Iran is not trying to make Nuclear weapons , but Wall street backed American government & their Brainwashed American people, their master jews will start a war against Iran . Oil sanction was last step . No option remains now .

    January 15, 2012 at 5:33 am | Reply
    • Alvord

      Yes. Must obey my Jewish masters. Go to war with Iran... Go to war with Iran....

      January 15, 2012 at 10:06 am | Reply
      • Lamija

        jdueueldx on January 15, 2010 Sure, buy a cheap car from a country that hates Americans more than the al-Qaida. Korean limits all American imports to their country but we accept all their crap thus adding to our National debt. Buy American? and keep America financially strong. Remeber: Kia in Korean means BIG AMERICAN LOSER

        February 12, 2012 at 2:07 am |
    • Marine5484

      Thank you, Lee. I couldn't agree more?

      January 15, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • robroy

      apparently Lee,the U.S. government denied any involvement on the hits on Iranian scientist ,its so nice to see them speaking the truth in public like their speeches that led to the war in Iraq.they,the U.S. government also said at the same time they had some rumors as to who could behind these assassinations. come on fellas 6 letters begins with a capital I,see where i'm going with this.come on U.S.A wouldn't it be in your best interest to let a countries government know what other foreign nation is assassinating your unarmed civilians,or are serving someone else's best interests? only that 5 sided building could answer that question.

      January 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  6. from iraq

    يران والعراق دعم طائفي لسوريا
    معروف ان نظام المجرم ختمنئي يدعم نظام الاسد على اساس طائفي اما المالكي الدمية فبدد ثروات العراق على سوريا بامر ايراني ولان السوريين احفاد الصحابة والامويين فالحقد يزداد على الشعب السوري ولكن على الدول العربية ان تدعم الشعب السوري الى مالا نهايه وسيسقط الاسد لامحالة وهناك انشقاقات ستفاجئكم اقسم بالله انكم ستتفاجئون ولا تراجع عن الثورة لانها فرصة تاريخية نادرة لاستئصال هذا الورم الخبيث
    IRAN IS HELPING IRAQI SHIIA AND SYRIAN SHIIA TO KILL SUNNIS, KURDS AND CHRISTIANS USING HEZBOLLAH AND OTHER TERRORISTS ORGANIZATION SUCH AS MAHDI MILITIA SADDER THUGS , BADER ARMY AND AL QODOS ARMY OF ALHAKEEM AND ASYEB AHL AL HAQ AND MANY OTHER SHIIA CRIMINALS THOSE EVIL THUGS MUST BE KILLED

    January 15, 2012 at 5:49 am | Reply
  7. KUSKUS OMAK

    FU,,,,,,,,,,C ALL IRANIANS , MOT2A PEOPLE, FANATICS SHIIA THUGS THEY LIES AND CALLED IT TAQEYA. THEY HAVE SSE........X AND CALL IT MOT3A HALAL..THOSE PEACE OF SHI....T SHOULD BE TAKEN OUT FROM THE FACE OF THIS EARTH , SEND THEM TO THE 72 VERGINS AND TO THE ALMAHDI THAT THEY WAITING FOR ...HE IS HIDING IN THE SERDAB, mmmmmmmmmmm what he is doing in serdab hiding like a chicken or cowered little mulla....

    January 15, 2012 at 5:53 am | Reply
    • Lame

      This reply is a great illustration of the huge gap between Iran and other neighboring countries. While you are still blowing up mosques, warring over hunger, sects, ideology, eating snakes and being a USA client...Iran is advancing in self sufficiency in spacecraft, satellites and nuclear technology, solar energy, ships, cloning and nano tech etc. etc. Blahblah.

      January 28, 2012 at 7:18 am | Reply
  8. NO HELP NO FUTURE DEALS

    SHAME ON YOU UN AND USA LEAVING SYRIA ALONE , BASHAR AL KALB KILLED 8000 ALREADY, SHAME ON YOU..WE WILL FIGHT AND WE WILL GET RED OF ASAD AND THEN RUSSIA, CHINA AND THOSE WHO DIDN'T HELP WILL BE OUT OF OUR ECONOMICS DEALS.

    January 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  9. Marine5484

    If I were the Chancellor of Germany instead of this self-serving, amoral, Washington-loving Angie Merkel, I'd incease importing the amount of Iranian oil to my country and try to diffuse the current tensions between Iran and the U.S. Have the current European no shame at all? Evidently not!!!

    January 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  10. JAL

    Real time high resolution 3d video experience transmitted to anywhere like satTV to large rooms to view with special 3d video enabled headgear. So that people all around the world can view the tablets in the inner temple.
    Temple times large number = security + veiwablilty + quick realtime

    January 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • JAL

      3d meaning large holograms that you can walk around.

      January 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  11. truthand justice

    No wonder UK and US want to bring down Iran. It's all for oil!

    February 5, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Reply
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    February 11, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Reply

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