Iran Cuts Oil, Gas Exports to Europe
Iran is cutting off oil and natural gas exports to European countries “until further notice,” a spokesman for the Iranian Oil Ministry said.
Ministry spokesman Alireza Nikzad Rahbar said Tehran decided to impose “pre-emptive sanctions” against European countries because of EU sanctions placed on Iran related to Tehran’s nuclear program.
“Exports of crude oil, (natural) gas liquids and gas condensate to the European countries, which have taken hostile stances on Iran, will be halted until further notice,” he was quoted by state-funded broadcaster Press TV as saying.
The European Union in January 2012 placed an embargo on oil from Iran in response to concerns about the country’s nuclear work. The spokesman, however, said there were contracts in place with various international shippers for oil and gas exports.
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