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Published: 0215 GMT December 02, 2019

VP: Iran still selling oil despite US sanctions

VP: Iran still selling oil despite US sanctions

Iran is still selling its oil despite US sanctions on the country’s exports, First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri said on Monday, adding that Washington’s “maximum pressure” on Tehran has failed.

“Despite America’s pressure ... and its imposed sanctions on our oil exports, we still continue to sell our oil by using other means ... when even friendly countries have stopped purchasing our crude fearing America’s penalties,” Jahangiri said.

Relations between the two foes reached crisis point last year after US President Donald Trump abandoned a 2015 pact between Iran and world powers under which Tehran accepted curbs to its nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions.

Washington has reimposed sanctions aimed at halting all Iranian oil exports, saying it seeks to force Iran to negotiate to reach a wider deal. Tehran has rejected talks unless Washington returns to the nuclear deal and lifts all sanctions.

“They have failed to bring our oil exports to zero as planned,” Jahangiri said.

He hailed Iran’s petrochemical and metal industries for overcoming US sanctions and continuing exporting their commodities.     

“Iran’s economy stood firm on its own feet with two years of resistance and the efforts of its exporters and got over the psychological shocks the Americans gave to the country through their economic war,” Jahangiri said.

Jahangiri, however, warned against threats posed by the US and its regional allies and called for unity.

"Today, Iran is in danger. The Americans, the Saudis and the Zionists (Israelis) are seeking to bring down Iran. The only way to deal with them is unity,” he said.

“We need national solidarity more than ever so that the country can pass through this difficult time.”

Reuters contributed to this story.


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