Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called the end of oil sanction waivers by the United States a “hostile measure” that “won’t be left without a response”.
“US efforts to boycott the sale of Iran’s oil won’t get them anywhere. We will export our oil as much as we need and we intend,” his official English-language Twitter account said.
The United States on Monday had announced it will no longer grant sanctions exemptions to Iran’s oil customers and will start imposing sanctions on countries such as India, China, and Turkey if they buy Iranian oil.
It will be recalled that US President Donald Trump, in May 2018 withdrew the US from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal which had given the Islamic republic sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme.
Naija News reports that this action did not go without several exchange of words between the Iranian leader and Trump
Washington reimposed oil sanctions on Iran in November but initially gave eight governments six-month reprieves, Reuters reports.
Five of the countries — Greece, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan — have already heavily reduced their purchases from Iran.
“They (the US) wishfully think they have blocked Iran oil sales, but our vigorous nation and vigilant officials, if they work hard, will open many blockades,” Khamenei said on Twitter.
“Enemies have repeatedly, in vain, taken action against our great nation, revolution… but they must know Iranians won’t give in,” he added.