Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi says the United States’ claim that it will bring Iran’s oil exports to zero is just an exaggeration and empty rhetoric, and Tehran will do its utmost to thwart the plot.
Qassemi said at a weekly press conference the US President Donald Trump’s dream of halting Iran’s crude oil sales will never come true.
“Mr Trump both talks a lot and dreams a lot,” said Qassemi.
He said experience shows that Washington’s ambition to halt Iran’s oil exports is impossible to achieve in today’s world.
He said Iran is in contact with all its political and economic partners plus all those which buy oil as well as non-oil goods from Iran.
“We will use all our tools and resources to foil the United States’ plots,” he said.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the spokesman referred to the package of proposals offered by Europe over the Iran nuclear deal.
He said Tehran is not satisfied with some parts of the package, and that Iran has asked the European countries to review and revise the package. Qassemi said Iran expects the European signatories to the JCPOA to put forward their revised proposals soon, but at the same time does not wait for Europe’s package to run the country’s affairs and economy.
The spokesman also said that following the United States’ unilateral withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, Tehran sent messages to other countries through its ambassadors and special envoys to clarify its position on the issue.
He also referred to a scheduled meeting between Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Finland on Monday, saying Putin is not carrying any messages from Iran for Trump in that meeting.
Qassemi also touched upon a recent trip to Oman by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, saying there is nothing secret about that visit.