VIENNA Feb 20 A unilateral U.S. oil embargo on
Iran is expected to remain in place even if a long-term nuclear
agreement between Tehran and six world powers is reached that
includes an easing of international sanctions, a U.S. official
said on Thursday.
The embargo pre-dates the decade-long nuclear dispute with
Iran. Washington cut off diplomatic ties with Tehran during a
hostage crisis shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution and
began imposing sanctions on the Iranian government around the
"The American domestic oil embargo is expected to remain in
place even if a comprehensive agreement is reached," the U.S.
official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The official
spoke after Iran and the six powers agreed on an agenda and
schedule for months of talks aimed at ending the dispute over
Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
(Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by John Stonestreet)