No final decision has been made and an announcement is unlikely before USA sanctions on Iran are reimposed November 5, the officials said, asking not to be identified because the information is confidential. China - the leading importer of Iranian oil - is still in discussions with the United States on terms, but is among the eight, according to two people familiar with the discussions who also asked not to be identified.
The other two are at or near zero but receiving a waiver gives them flexibility and time to end their dependence on Iranian oil imports.
Crude oil futures were trading in the $63.60 range Friday at 10:50 a.m. ET. U.S. West Texas Intermediate traded at $63.63 a barrel in NY. Countries seeking waivers - in a process similar to that under former President Barack Obama - are expected to agree to substantially reduce their Iranian oil imports.
Turkey has been told they are among the eight countries receiving the waiver, Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez told reporters on Friday. "India will cut import by about 35% from past year (2017-18), which is a significant cut", a source said.
Pompeo said, the U.S. is to issue temporary exemption to eight "jurisdictions" from Iranian sanctions recognising their significant reduction in imports of oil from Iran.
The Iranian government has also devised all necessary preparations in different sectors to counter the United States excessive demands, Qassemi added. In August the administration re-imposed a host of economic sanctions, drawing criticism from European leaders in particular.
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A fourth, found in a mail facility in California, was addressed to Tom Steyer , a prominent Democratic donor, Steyer said. Clapper said on CNN Friday morning he was not surprised he was targeted and said the incidents were "serious".
Washington reimposed a number of sanctions on Iran in May after pulling out of a multilateral 2015 deal meant to curb the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
In May, the U.S. brought back sanctions on Iran after withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal which was struck in 2015. But, as a condition of waiver, Indian oil firms will reduce their imports to 14-15 million tonnes, the source said. Every country that gets a significant reduction exemption (SRE) has to make a large reduction in order to secure one and will have to make further import cuts in the coming months.
That's significantly lower than the peak of 2.7 million bpd in June this year, but still stubbornly high compared to some analyst estimates that the predicted sanctions could possibly choke off close to 2 million bpd of Iran's oil exports.
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"It's a virtual certainty that Western banks are not going to violate the escrow restrictions", said Mark Dubowitz, the chief executive of the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies who has advised Pompeo.