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U.S. will not stop Iran exporting oil, Iranian president says

Reuters  |  GENEVA 

(Reuters) - The will not be able to stop exporting its and any move to prevent Iranian crude shipments passing through the Gulf would lead to all exports through the waterway being blocked, Iran's said on Tuesday.

The has imposed sanctions on and U.S. officials say they aim to reduce Iran's exports to zero in a bid to curb the Islamic Republic's missile programme and regional influence.

"should know that we are selling our oil and will continue to sell our oil and they are not able to stop our oil exports," said in a televised speech during a trip to the northern Iranian city of

"If one day they want to prevent the export of Iran's oil, then no oil will be exported from the Persian Gulf," he said.

Tensions have risen between and the after U.S. withdrew from a multilateral nuclear deal in May and reimposed sanctions on the

Rouhani said the United States would not succeed in cutting Iran's economic ties with the region and the world.

Iranian also said on Tuesday that U.S. sanctions were hitting vulnerable people in Iran.

"When (Americans) say their target is the and there won't be pressure on the sick, the elderly and the weak in society, it's a lie," Jahangiri said, according to the state-run Agency (IRNA).

(Reporting by Babak Dehghanpisheh; Editing by and Edmund Blair)

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 13:39 IST