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Iran blames EU over oil tensions

02-22-2012 14:05 BJT

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The head of The National Iranian Oil Company Ahmad Qalehbani has blamed European leaders for the tensions between Iran and European countries. He says his country "has never used oil as a political lever" throughout its history.

Ahmad Qalehbani managing director of National Iranian Oil Company, said, "It was the Europeans who started this game. Unfortunately, European leaders acted against their national interests. As I have said in my earlier interview, oil was at 103 US dollars and I predicted it would reach 150. Now oil is at 122 US dollars, and the hike in oil prices happened even sooner. If European companies want to sign contracts with us, we'd demand they to sign two to five year contracts with absolutely no preconditions, otherwise, it would not be Iran that has banned oil for the people of Europe, but the European leaders and they will be responsible for that."

Earlier on Monday, it was reported that Iran is considering extending an oil embargo on France and Britain to other European countries - possibly including Spain, the Netherlands, Greece, Germany, Italy and Portugal. The move pre-empts an EU-imposed oil embargo aimed at Iran's nuclear programme scheduled to come into effect in July.

The EU embargo was announced last month, and Iranian officials have since pushed the country to enact its own sanctions immediately, before European countries lined up alternative suppliers.


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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