Iran calls out Greece, Italy for not buying its oil despite U.S. waivers

“No European country is buying oil from Iran except Turkey,” Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency.
Tuesday 05/02/2019
This file photo from November 2016 shows Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh talks to journalists during a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, Austria. (Reuters)
This file photo from November 2016 shows Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh talks to journalists during a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, Austria. (Reuters)

Iran’s oil minister on Tuesday criticised Greece and Italy for not buying its oil despite US waivers and said they had not offered Tehran any explanation for their decision.

The United States granted the two countries exemptions along with six others – Turkey, China, India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan – allowing them to temporarily continue buying Iranian oil as Washington reimposed sanctions on Iran’s banking and energy sectors.

“No European country is buying oil from Iran except Turkey,” Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency.

“Greece and Italy have been granted exemptions by America, but they don’t buy Iranian oil and they don’t answer our questions,” he said.

Zanganeh said the U.S. sanctions on Iran were more difficult than the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, but said Tehran will not allow the United States to reduce its oil exports to zero.

(Reuters)