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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Tehran Rejects European States Demand for Iran's Oil

Tehran Rejects European States' Demand for Iran's Oil
News number: 9107139745 17:41 | 2013-01-28
http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9107139745

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Oil Ministry Spokesman Alireza Nikzad Rahbar said some
European countries have voiced their willingness to purchase Iran's crude
oil, but Tehran prefers to sell its oil to those countries which have
supported Tehran at the time of western sanctions.

"At present, Iran's oil export priority is given to the countries which
cooperated with us during crisis," Nikzad Rahbar said.

Iran has rejected the European countries' request for purchasing the Iranian
oil, the Iranian spokesman added.

He further stressed that Iran plans to remain a reliable and long-term
energy supplier for different countries, particularly in the Southeast and
East Asia.

The United States in November expanded sanctions on global trade with Iran's
energy and shipping sectors to ratchet up economic pressure on Tehran over
its civilian nuclear program.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear
weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never
presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran
denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful
purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to
provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel
would eventually run dry.

After the UN Security Council ratified a sanctions resolution against Iran
on June 9, 2010, the United States and the European Union started approving
their own unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic over its
civilian nuclear program, mostly targeting the country's energy and banking
sectors, including a US boycott of gasoline supplies to Iran.

The US Senate passed a legislation to expand sanctions on foreign companies
that invest in Iran's energy sector and those foreign companies that sell
refined petroleum to Iran or help develop its refining capacity.

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