Iran to continue sell oil despite any sanctions

Iran to continue sell oil despite any sanctions

The United States will find new options for sanctions against Iran if renewed previous sanctions do not lead to changes inside the country, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said yesterday.

"We think we've disrupted their efforts to impose their will on countries around the region. We think these new sanctions coming in [November] will have a significant economic and political effect inside the country. And that's what we want. We want massive changes in the behavior by the regime in Iran," Bolton told the Fox News broadcaster in an interview.

He added that if they do not undertake that, they will face more consequences because the U.S. will find more sanctions to impose, "another ways to put maximum pressure." 

Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, who represents Iran on OPEC's board of governors, however, said that the country intends to continue exporting its oil, despite the pressure from the West, and no American sanctions will prevent it

In May, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to leave the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the Iran nuclear deal, and reimpose sanctions on Tehran and third states doing business with Iran. The US move was condemned by other signatories to the accord, who have expressed their commitment to preserving the deal.

Sanctions against Iran's energy sector will take effect in early November. Washington stated its goal is to bring oil exports from Iran to zero.

Meanwhile, U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo announced earlier that Trump was ready to engage in a constructive dialogue with Iran's representatives and possibly meet them at the UN General Assembly in New York, saying that Trump "is happy to talk with folks at any time."

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