Oil ex­port mi­nus Iran im­pos­si­ble

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TEHRAN – Af­ter five months for a sec­ond time Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani warned the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion that if Iran would not be al­lowed to ex­port oil then no coun­try will be given the per­mis­sion to ex­port oil from the strate­gic Per­sian Gulf wa­ter­way.

“The United States should know that we are sell­ing our oil and will con­tinue to sell, (but) the United States should know that if it wishes to halt Iran’s oil ex­port then no oil will be ex­ported from the Per­sian Gulf,” Rouhani told thou­sands of well-wish­ers in the city of Shahroud, Sem­nan Prov­ince.

One-fifth of the world’s oil passes in tankers through the Strate­gic Strait of Hor­muz in the Per­sian Gulf.

The first time, on July 5, 2018, Rouhani, dur­ing a visit to Europe, warned that Iran would block the Per­sian Gulf pas­sage­way in re­tal­i­a­tion in his coun­try would not be able to ex­port oil.

“The Amer­i­cans have claimed they want to com­pletely stop Iran’s oil ex­ports. They don’t un­der­stand the mean­ing of this state­ment be­cause it has no mean­ing for Ira­nian oil not to be ex­ported while the re­gion’s oil is ex­ported,” Rouhani said in Switzer­land.

Later, Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion Guard Corps chief Mo­ham­mad Ali Ja­fari, whose forces pa­trol the Strait of Hor­muz said his forces were ready to put Rouhani’s words into ac­tion if nec­es­sary. “We will make the en­emy un­der­stand that ei­ther ev­ery­one can use the Strait of Hor­muz or no one.” Ja­fari as­serted.

Iran won’t bow to U.S.

In con­tin­u­a­tion of his re­marks on Tues­day in Shahroud, Rouhani said, “The great Ira­nian na­tion has not bowed and will not bow to the United States. The United States an­nounced that they would deprive Iran of oil ex­por­ta­tion and pre­vent Iran of eco­nomic in­ter­ac­tion with the world. They an­nounced that they would iso­late Iran in the world and would reach their ob­jec­tives in the re­gion, how­ever, the Ira­nian na­tion will an­nounce fi­nal vic­tory in all these bat­tles.”

The pres­i­dent noted that the U.S. should know that Iran will keep re­la­tions with other coun­tries and Wash­ing­ton can­not cut Iran’s eco­nomic ties with the out­side world.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump uni­lat­er­ally pulled the U.S. out of the his­toric 2015 nu­clear agree­ment in May and rein­tro­duced sanc­tions on Iran. The first batch of sanc­tions were en­acted in Au­gust. The sec­ond wave of sanc­tions, which tar­gets Iran’s oil ex­ports and cen­tral bank, snapped back on Novem­ber 4.

Ini­tially, the U.S. vowed to cut Iran’s oil sale to zero, but later agreed to let eight coun­tries, in­clud­ing Ja­pan, In­dia and South Ko­rea, keep buy­ing Iran’s oil af­ter it reim­poses sanc­tions.

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