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    Iran: US 'Lying to the World', Unable to Halt Our Oil Exports

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    Iran's First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri's remarks on Sunday come ahead of the looming US sanctions on Tehran's oil sector, set to go into effect on November 5.

    Iran's First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri said on Sunday that the United States could not halt the export of Iranian oil, since there is no substitution for it on the market.

    "Today, US officials are lying to the world that Saudi Arabia and other countries should replace Iranian oil so that the price of oil doesn't rise. If Americans could halt Iran's oil exports, its price would hit $100 per barrel," he added.

    He also said that Tehran has been exporting 2.5 million barrels of oil per day over the past several months, IRNA news agency reported.

    Jahangiri further stated that Tehran expected that the US would not reduce the country's oil exports to the level of less than one million barrels a day.

    In a June tweet Trump wrote that he had spoken to the Saudi King about the need to increase Riyadh's daily oil production to two million barrels due to an unstable situation in Iran and Venezuela and added that King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud had agreed with the suggestion.

    Reacting to the announcement, Iran's OPEC governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili claimed that Saudi Arabia had “no such capacity to bolster its crude output,” and it may be seen as a call for the kingdom to “walk out of OPEC.”

    The new round of Washington's anti-Tehran sanctions are expected to enter into force on November 5, with the stated goal of bringing the country's oil exports to zero.

    At the same time, officials in the current US administration have claimed the restrictions could be reconsidered if Tehran were to change some of its foreign policies.

    On May 8, President Donald Trump announced he was pulling the US out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and promised to hit Tehran with sanctions on the country’s energy oil and financial sectors despite objections from other parties to the agreement.

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