Posted: Apr 8, 2014 1:29 AM
Updated: Apr 8, 2014 1:29 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) Reports of multibillion-dollar oil talks between Iran and Russia are emerging as the latest obstacle to a comprehensive pact eliminating the threat of an Iranian nuclear arsenal.
The Russian business daily Kommersant has reported Russia plans to buy 500,000 barrels of Iranian oil a day. That would shatter an export limit established by the interim nuclear agreement world powers and Iran reached last year.
And the Obama administration is weighing potentially deal-breaking sanctions if a contract is completed.
Ahead of this week's nuclear talks in Vienna, a U.S. official cited no information that a deal been reached.
Critics of the Obama administration's outreach to Iran want a clear marker outlined. They say the deal should prompt immediate U.S. sanctions on Iran even if that threatens the diplomacy.