Iran Can Export as Much Oil as It Needs - Supreme Leader

© AP Photo / Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a meeting with government officials in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May 23, 2018
In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a meeting with government officials in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - Sputnik International
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On Monday, the United States announced that it would not extend sanctions waivers to Iranian oil importers beyond 2 May.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said that Iran can export as much oil as it needs.

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"America's efforts in sanctioning the sale of Iranian oil won't get anywhere," Khamenei said. "We can export as much of our oil as we need and want."

Iranian oil technician checks the oil separator facilities in Azadegan oil field, near Ahvaz, Iran (File) - Sputnik International
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Later in the day, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran believes it will find buyers for its oil and that there will be consequences if the US prevents it.

"If the United States takes the crazy measure of trying to prevent us from doing that then it should be prepared for the consequences," he said.

Earlier, Washington announced its decision not to reissue waivers on Iranian oil sanctions after they expire in May.

In addition, Washington announced that the US, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) would ensure that the global oil market would remain "adequately supplied".

The United States slapped sanctions on Iran's oil industry in November after the US unilaterally pulled out from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which saw anti-Tehran restrictions lifted in exchange for the Islamic Republic maintaining the peaceful nature of its nuclear programme.

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