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Iran still selling oil despite US sanctions

First Vice-President of Iran, Eshaq Jahangiri delivers a speech during the meeting held by supporters of Iranian Presidential candidate Hassan Rouhani, at Hijab Sport Complex in Tehran, Iran on 14 May, 2017 [Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency]
First Vice-President of Iran, Eshaq Jahangiri [Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency]

Iran is still selling its oil despite US sanctions on Tehran's exports, the country's Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri was quoted on Monday as saying by state TV, adding that Washington's "maximum pressure" on Tehran had failed, reports Reuters.

Jahangiri said:

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.

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 programme in return for the lifting of sanctions.

Speaking at an event in Kentucky on Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the sanctions on Tehran had been effective, resulting in a decrease in Iran's wealth and diminished ability to trade with the rest of the world.

Pompeo said:

The good news is, in spite of what the world told President Trump – that American sanctions would not work – the world was wrong. The sanctions have been incredibly effective.

Washington has reimposed sanctions aimed at halting all Iranian oil exports, saying it seeks to force Iran to negotiate to reach a wider deal. But other world powers that signed on to the 2015 nuclear deal have not reinstated their own sanctions.

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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.

Cartoon of President Trump ripping Iran's Nuclear deal [Twitter]

Cartoon of President Trump ripping Iran's Nuclear deal [Twitter]

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