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Iran selling oil through 'unconventional' means to avoid US sanctions

Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh declined to give details on Iran's oil exports, saying he would not disclose figures until sanctions were lifted

AFP | PTI  |  Tehran 

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is keeping up through "unconventional" means to circumvent US sanctions, said in an interview published on Saturday.

"We have unofficial or unconventional sales, all of which are secret, because if they are made known would immediately stop them," he said, quoted by the oil ministry's news agency.

declined to give details on Iran's oil exports, saying he would not disclose figures until sanctions were lifted.

In May 2018, withdrew from Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers that granted sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its atomic programme.

reimposed on last November, but initially gave eight countries, including several allies such as China, six-month waivers.

Iran's tumbled to 750,000 barrels per day in April compared to 1.5 million in October, according to data compiled by

The in May ended all the waivers as part of a "maximum pressure" campaign against

According to Zanganeh, the US has reached an "evil maturity" in tightening the noose on Iran's economy using "smart sanctions".

"The most severe organised sanctions in history are currently being imposed on Iran," he said.

First Published: Sat, June 08 2019. 17:45 IST
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