Iran General NewsIran: Crisis-hit EU must rethink Iran oil embargo

Iran: Crisis-hit EU must rethink Iran oil embargo


AP: The European Union’s embargo on Iranian oil sales is “on the wrong track” and won’t help end a dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program, Iran’s foreign minister declared Tuesday. The Associated Press


NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union’s embargo on Iranian oil sales is “on the wrong track” and won’t help end a dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program, Iran’s foreign minister declared Tuesday, warning the EU to avoid actions that may jeopardize fuel supplies to its crisis-hit nations.

Minister Ali Akbar Salehi appealed to the EU to rethink the embargo with “more rationality and wisdom,” saying it contributes nothing to negotiations aimed at ending Iran’s uranium enrichment program, which the West suspects is being used to build nuclear weapons. Iran vehemently denies the charge.

“We see no point in moving in the wrong direction because that wouldn’t benefit either side,” Salehi told reporters during an official visit to the divided eastern Mediterranean island.

Salehi said the embargo against Europe’s “reliable partner” in oil comes at an inopportune time for a bloc facing its own financial crisis.

“To look for a reliable partner for energy, which is a lifeline for any country, is an important issue to note,” he said. “We are already supplying energy to Greece to Spain, to Italy, and they have always enjoyed very good relationships with us and we see no point as to why we should hamper that relationship.”

Iran’s foreign ministry warned earlier Tuesday the EU embargo will have a “negative impact” on Tehran’s negotiations with world powers on its nuclear program. The latest round of negotiations in Moscow between Iran and the five Security Council members and Germany ended in failure, but Salehi said the dispute can eventually be resolved.

“(Negotiations) may stall sometime, the process may not go as easy as everybody would like to see, but since they’re in the right direction, and both sides would like to see the resolution of the issue, so I see light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “I think sanctions will serve no purpose in this regard.”

The EU sanctions were imposed earlier this year over Iran’s refusal to halt uranium enrichment — a possible pathway to nuclear weapons. The sanctions take effect on Sunday.

Iran is already under four sets of U.N. sanctions and measures levied by the United States and tried unsuccessfully to use the Moscow talks to get the sanctions eased.

Latest news

Iran Regime’s Ministry of Culture’s Decision To Eliminate Children’s Intellectual Centers

With the so-called ‘Cultural Revolution’ which took place between 1980 and 1983, the Iranian regime tried to purge the...

Water Shortage Crisis and the Destruction of Iran’s Water Resources

Iran is currently suffering from a number of dangerous natural disasters. One of the most worrying is the drying...

Economic Freedom Under the Rule of the Mullahs in Iran

The Fraser institute published its annual report of the index of economic freedom on September 8, which measured the...

Iran’s Regime Continues Its Internet Restriction Project

This is part of the outlook of a document by the Iranian regime’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace, which has...

Iran’s Human Development Index Dropped Sharply

One of the most common questions asked in primary schools by teachers all over the world is, “wealth or...

Narcotics Iran Regime’s Income Source for Terrorism

Besides Iran’s malign activities, such as its regional interference, and missile and nuclear projects, drug trafficking plays a major...

Must read

Greenpeace heads to Iran to push nuclear-free zone

Reuters: Greenpeace will press for a nuclear-free zone in...

Output cuts not expected at March OPEC meet-Iran

Reuters: Iran's oil minister said he did not expect...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you