Kenya cancels Iran oil deal

2012-07-04 18:27

Nairobi - A Kenya government official says the country is cancelling a deal to import Iranian oil hours after the US directly warned the country that it risked being penalised if it sees through the deal which would breach US and European union sanctions.

The sanctions are meant to deprive funding for the Iranian government and what is believed to be an effort by Iran to build nuclear weapons.

Kenya's Energy Permanent Secretary Patrick Nyoike said on Wednesday that Kenya had not signed an agreement but had a memorandum of understanding with Iran to import its oil and was complying with international sanctions on Iran.

He said the memorandum would be "terminated", though he said he was not aware of the warnings by the US on Wednesday.

Nyoike was quoted this week saying that Kenya has signed an agreement to buy millions of barrels of Iranian oil

  • khoza.mthokozisi - 2012-07-04 18:56

    I am now sick and tired of US ordering Africans to deal or not to deal with so and so just because something doesn't go their way. What if it was US building those nuclear weapons? Who was going to sanction them? Maybe they are already building one so they are just eliminating competition!!!!

      ro.jhb.1 - 2012-07-05 07:47

      Its their banking system so if they dont want you to play they dont have to. Just like SA plays its rules USA plays theirs - Well done USA

  • popeye.sailor.1884 - 2012-07-04 20:14

    The world can only breathe or take a sh@t when the USA allows them to? The US population is 5% of the world population; it’s time for them to realize that and start behaving like that. Let the United Nations make decisions.

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