Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran will do its utmost to export oil after the US tightened its sanctions against the country, stressing that the Islamic Republic — which has been the target of cruel American bans for decades — has gained much experience in going around such restrictive measures.
Turkey is loath to buy more oil from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as the US looks to squeeze exports from Iran, currently the third-largest supplier of crude to the Middle East’s biggest economy.
The INSTEX mechanism set up by France, Britain and Germany for Iran to skirt US sanctions is making positive progress, said the French Foreign Ministry on Tuesday, as it responded to the latest moves by the US government to put pressure on Iran.
Iran says it gives no credit to a US decision to eliminate the waivers that allowed importers to buy Iranian oil despite Washington's sanctions, stressing Tehran has been in touch with European partners and neighbors to counter any adverse consequences of the move.
Japan remains committed to avoiding any harmful impact from US sanctions on Iran, as it sees the Middle Eastern oil producer important for the country's supply security, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko said Friday.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has defended sanctions against Venezuela and said the United States would not "quit the fight" in the South American nation as it struggles with an economic and political crisis.
Chef de Cabinet to United Nations Secretary General conveyed sympathy and solidarity of the UN chief António Guterres over recent floods in Iran, stressing that humanitarian aids should be excluded from sanctions.