"The officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran were saying from the first day that Americans are not able to reduce Iran's oil export to zero, but they kept repeating that they would do this and they recently admitted that the can not reduce Iran's oil export to zero", Rouhani said, as quoted on his official website. A reactor upgrade promised under the nuclear deal is also continuing with U.S. acquiescence.
The United States seeks to force all the importers of Iranian oil to eventually reduce their imports to zero.
In a video published on its official Facebook page on Thursday, the US Embassy in Iraq said Baghdad could continue to import natural gas and other energy supplies from Iran for a period of 45 days, provided that it did not pay Iran in US dollars.
The U.S. introduced a second package of unilateral sanctions against Tehran aimed at restricting the export of Iranian oil on November 5.
Iraq wanted to maintain "balanced" relations with all its neighbors and the global community, he said.
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Hours before the fresh sanctions were reimposed, thousands of people in Iran marked the anniversary of the 1979 hostage-taking at the U.S. embassy by carrying placards mocking Trump and burning American flags and fake dollars.
But the pain isn't over, with US National Security Adviser John Bolton warning of additional sanctions and US Special Representative on Iran Brian Hook warning that countries who continue to do business with Iran could be liable to penalties from the US, including being cut off from the US financial system, as well as the financial and environmental costs for any accidents in their territorial waters as insurance firms cut ties with Iran. In September, the southern Iraqi city of Basra was hit by violent protests, which spread to other cities, partly because of a halt to Iranian electricity exports.
Foodstuff, livestock, construction materials and plastic products constitute the bulk of Iran's exports to Iraq where Iranian vehicles and food items are a ubiquitous sight.
"But at the end, Russian Federation doesn't need to import oil from any country".