Iran Defiant: Promises U.S. Wish to Halt its Crude Exports Bound to Fail

Though it faces tougher U.S. sanctions, Iran says its revenue from crude oil sales are increasing because of improved market conditions. File Photo by William S. Stevens/U.S. Navy
William S. Stevens/U.S. Navy

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s oil minister says the United States will not succeed in its plans to halt Iranian crude exports even as he acknowledged that South Korea has stopped buying oil from Tehran.

The website of Iran’s oil ministry,, quotes the minister, Bijan Zanganeh, as saying the “U.S. dream of getting Iran’s oil exports (effectively) to zero won’t come true.”

Zanganeh says such a plan isn’t possible long-term, though Washington seems determined to cut Iran’s crude exports, “even if for just a month.”

However, he did say that Seoul hasn’t bought any Iranian crude “for three continuous months.”

President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers in May. Washington has been encouraging its allies to bring to zero their oil imports from Iran.


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