Japan to win exemption from U.S. sanctions: media

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Posted: Feb 20, 2012 5:58 PM
Japan to win exemption from U.S. sanctions: media

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is likely to win an exemption from U.S. sanctions by reducing Iran crude imports by at least 11 percent per year, the Yomiuri newspaper said on Tuesday.

The two countries had reached an agreement at talks last week, with the formal deal expected by the end of this month, the report said, citing unnamed sources.

Japan has been under pressure from the United States to cut back on Iranian oil imports to secure a waiver from a U.S. law imposing sanctions on financial institutions that trade with Iran's central bank.

(Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori)