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Iran: Trump knows getting oil exports to zero was ‘political bluff’

Iran: Trump knows getting oil exports to zero was ‘political bluff’
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Iran has dismissed threats from the United States to cut its oil exports to zero as a "political bluff," Reuters reported Wednesday, citing a report published by Tasnim news agency.

Ali Kardor, the head of state-run National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), said President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE "has done whatever he can" but knows Iran's oil exports won't be reduced to zero.

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“The president of America has done whatever he can and he knows very well that getting Iran’s oil exports to zero was a political bluff,” Kardor said, according to Reuters.

The U.S. has previously asked its allies to cut off all oil imports from Iran by November.

Relations between the U.S. and Iran have soured since Trump earlier this year announced he would withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear agreement, which lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear program.

The Trump administration has since reimposed sanctions on Iran, with the latest batch announced Tuesday. The Treasury Department rolled out financial penalties on a network of companies and banks that supports the paramilitary arm of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The U.S. accused the paramilitary group, the Basij Resistance Force, of recruiting and training child soldiers to fight in overseas conflicts, including the civil war in Syria. 

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said by imposing those sanctions, the U.S. was involved in a psychological war, according to Reuters.

“This action shows the spitefulness of the government of America toward the Iranian people and is a clear insult to legal and international mechanisms,” Qassemi said.