Even as it battles international sanctions, Iran on Wednesday claimed it
had become self-sufficient on petrol, not only meeting its domestic
demand but also producing a surplus that had been exported to three
Iran’s Fars News Agency reported that Tehran had exported gasoline worth $36 million to Afghanistan, Iraq and Armenia.
“Although Iran was a gasoline importer in the last few years and despite
the imposition of sanctions [against Iran by certain countries],
Iranian experts managed to produce such a large volume of gasoline that
the surplus was exported to Iraq, Afghanistan and Armenia for the first
time this year,” General-Director of Iran’s Customs Office Ardeshir
Mohammadi was quoted as saying. He added that in the near future, Iran
would emerge as one of the world’s major exporter of gasoline.
Reuters news agency citing “trade sources” has confirmed the sale. On
July 1, U.S. President Barack Obama signed a legislation that threatened
to punish foreign companies exporting petrol to Iran.
These measures were meant to tighten sanctions, in order to dissuade
Tehran from pursuing its atomic programme in its present form. Analysts
point out that Iran has expanded its gasoline production, mainly by
reworking its petrochemical plants to make them suitable for re… >>>