US has ‘addiction to sanctions’: Iran FM

Kenny Grant
August 22, 2018

The parliament's website quoted Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh as saying that since Total first announced its decision a while ago, Iran has been in the process of "looking for an alternative" to Total.

"Iran believes that OPEC should strongly support its members at this stage and stop the plots of countries trying to politicise this organisation", Gharibabadi said.

Iran's Foreign Minister called for Europe's pragmatic steps to save Iran's interests under the 2015 worldwide nuclear deal as the United States threatened to reimpose sanctions on the country's crude oil exports, Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia's government said last month that it has the capacity to increase oil production.

European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal have been searching for ways to salvage it despite the USA exit and Washington's pressure on its allies to cut purchases of Iranian oil.

In early August, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order which made the sanctions against Iran effective.

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It referred to speculations that Saudi Arabia would pump more oil to fill Iran's gap once US sanctions against the Islamic Republic come into effect, Press TV reported.

In August, Washington imposed sanctions on acquisition of US dollar bank notes by the government of Iran, Iran's trade in gold and precious metals, and its automotive sector.

The comments were a veiled reference to European countries, which are seeking to save the nuclear deal and have vowed to keep providing Iran with the economic benefits it received from the accord.

"Even during the Obama Administration the United States put more emphasis on keeping the sanctions that it had not lifted rather than implementing its obligations on the sanctions that it lifted", Zarif said.

On Nov. 4, Washington will reimpose sanctions on Iran's oil exports and energy sectors, financial institutions conducting transactions with the Central Bank of Iran, as well as sanctions related to Iran's port operators and shipping sectors.

Zarif also tweeted on Sunday that the formation of a new Iran "action group" in the US State Department to coordinate Trump's pressure campaign against Iran was aimed at overthrowing the Islamic Republic, but that it would fail.

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