Oil Sanctions Must Be Removed: Iran’s Oil Minister

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Oil Minister Bjian Namdar Zanganeh said the most important sanction against Iran which should be removed is the oil sanction.

Oil Sanctions Must Be Removed: Iran’s Oil Minister

“If any sanction is to be lifted, it should be the oil sanction. And if the sanction on oil is not lifted, that would mean that no sanction has been removed,” Namdar Zanganeh told Euronews in an interview on Wednesday.

Western countries have imposed illegal sanctions against Iran under the pretext of curbing the country’s nuclear ambitions.

Tehran has repeatedly stressed that it has never been after nuclear weapons and its atomic energy program is for peaceful purposes only

Iran and the group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) have been working to reach a final agreement to resolve the Western standoff on Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

Iranian officials insist that any nuclear deal must include the removal of all sanctions.

In their last round of talks in Vienna, Iran and the world powers wrapped up a week of closed-door intense nuclear negotiations on November 24.

They aimed to tackle the remaining obstacles that exist in the way of reaching a final agreement.

At the end of the talks, the two sides decided to extend their discussions for seven more months.

They also agreed that the interim deal they signed in the Swiss city of Geneva last November remain in place during the course of the negotiations until July 1, 2015.

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