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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Presidential Determination -- Oil and Petroleum Products Purchased from Iran


                                 THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY

                                 THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY


SUBJECT:   Presidential Determination Pursuant to Section 1245(d)(4)(B) and (C) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, after carefully considering the report submitted to the Congress by the Energy Information Administration on October 6, 2015, and other relevant factors, including global economic conditions, increased oil production by certain countries, the level of spare capacity, and the availability of strategic reserves, I determine, pursuant to section 1245(d)(4)(B) and (C) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, Public Law 112-81, and consistent with my prior determinations, that there is a sufficient supply of petroleum and petroleum products from countries other than Iran to permit a significant reduction in the volume of petroleum and petroleum products purchased from Iran by or through foreign financial institutions.  However, in the Joint Plan of Action, the interim arrangement to address concerns with Iran's nuclear program reached between the P5+1, European Union and Iran in November 2013, the United States committed to allow oil purchases from Iran to continue at the levels that prevailed at that time.  Accordingly, my Administration is not seeking further reductions of Iranian oil purchases.

I will continue to monitor this situation closely.

The Secretary of State is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.