The European Union is criticizing the U.S. decision to impose sanctions on countries that buy Iranian oil and warns that the move could damage an international effort to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons.
European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic expressed "regret" Tuesday over the U.S. decision and that it "risks further undermining" the Iran nuclear deal.
Since then, the EU has put measures in place to side-step U.S. sanctions on Iran, including a way to keep financial supply lines to Tehran open and protect European businesses operating there.
Global oil prices are climbing in the wake of the U.S. move to impose sanctions on countries that buy Iranian oil.
And analysts said Tuesday that prices could keep heading higher.
The U.S. announced the sanctions last year to push Iranian leaders to renegotiate an agreement aimed at keeping them from developing nuclear weapons. But some countries got temporary waivers that allowed them to import Iranian oil. The U.S. now says those waivers expire May 2.
New York Mercantile Exchange rose 10 cents to $65.65 per barrel while international Brent crude rose 14 cents to $74.18 per barrel.