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If Iran can’t sell oil, no one else in region can either, says Khamenei

By Rudaw 21/7/2018
Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei met with Foreign Ministry officials and Iranian diplomats on Saturday. File photo: AFP
Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei met with Foreign Ministry officials and Iranian diplomats on Saturday. File photo: AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iran’s Supreme Leader threatened to block oil exports throughout the region if Iran’s oil sales are impeded under sanctions. 

“If Iran’s oil export is blocked, no other country in the region will export oil either,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday in a meeting with Foreign Ministry officials and Iranian diplomats. 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had previously hinted that Tehran could shut the Strait of Hormuz – a strategic waterway that handles as much as 20 percent of the world’s oil. 

The first round of US sanctions on Iran will come into force on August 6. Oil-related sanctions will be imposed on November 4. 

In May, Washington withdrew from the nuclear deal – an agreement US President Donald Trump has called the “worst deal ever.”

“I have previously pointed out that Americans' words or even signatures cannot be relied on; thus negotiations with the US are useless,” Khamenei said, in comments published on his website.

Iranian officials, including Rouhani, have traversed the globe on a diplomatic mission to save the nuclear deal after Washington withdrew from the agreement in May. 

Europe, Russia, and China all want the deal to survive. 

“Negotiations with the Europeans do not to stop; however, we should not linger, waiting for the European pack,” said Khamenei. 

“Meanwhile, the numerous tasks that need to be carried out inside the country should be followed up,” he added. 

Iran is promoting domestic production of goods and has banned the import of some goods. 

 

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Gunrash | 21/7/2018
lol the old man has lost it. His behind is itching for US-made cruise missiles.
xom xanaqini | 21/7/2018
Irans first and most important income is DRUGS not oil. Look up Iranian drug dealers the Modiris and Omid Tahvili and his network in British Columbia in Canada down west coast US all the way to Central America. Bigf network with journalists politicians lawyers all over Canada. Erdogan needs them for the same reason for drug smuggling into EU.
rondik | 21/7/2018
Haha what? are they threatning the Untited States? really? it will take US air force a few days to take out Irans entire air and sea force, a few weeks of bombing and they can put Iran back 30 years, don't think the regime will survive an intense bombing campaign
Markov | 22/7/2018
Yeah says the dictator of country that is cut of from markets and earning money in the hole half of the last century. Saudi Arabia rather stop delivering oil because it sucked its own oilfield dry than Iran ever make an impact on Saudi oil sales. It’s to late for that threatening.
bane | 22/7/2018
try it, please try it and see what happens

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