Iran’s oil minister, Bijan Namdar Zanganeh
In this speech, Iran’s oil minister claims that the regime will not be adversely affected by US President Trump’s decision to withdraw the USA from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal. Addressing regime supporters, the minister, Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, says, “I believe that with the withdrawal of the US from the nuclear deal there will be no remarkable effect on our oil exports and our oil and gas condensates. God willing, the country’s currency revenues will be provided at the same level in line with the budget.
In the past, they [the USA] were threatening us, saying ‘We will halt imports to Iran’ and ‘We will cripple Iran, then Iran won’t be able to import gasoline.’ However, these threats are now [shown to be] empty words and have disappeared into history. Our situation, thank God, has been excellent in gasoline, despite having an eight to nine percent annual increase in consumption. Thank God that our situation is good, hence they won’t be able to pressurize us.”