MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Washington's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, and the subsequent re-imposition of US sanctions on Iran will not affect the country's gas industry as few foreign contractors work in this field, Managing Director of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Hamid Reza Araqi said on Monday, as quoted by the Tasnim News Agency.
"We manufacture between 80% and 90% of the equipment used for maintaining and establishing refineries inside the country and are self-sufficient in this regard," the managing director said according to the Tasnim News Agency.
On May 8, US President Donald Trump announced that his country would exit the 2015 nuclear agreement, which provided for the gradual lifting of the anti-Iranian sanctions in exchange for Tehran's maintaining the peaceful nature of its nuclear program. Besides, Trump decided to reinstate the previously lifted sanctions on the country.
Other signatories to the agreement, namely the European Union, Iran, Russia, China, France the United Kingdom, and Germany, have criticized Trump’s decision to unilaterally pull out of the deal. They agreed on the necessity to preserve the deal which had ensured the peaceful character of the Iranian nuclear program over the past years, refusing to impose any new sanctions on the country.
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