Iran says no deal to import gasoline from Venezuela: lawmaker

09:08, October 02, 2009      

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An Iranian lawmaker said that there is no agreement to import gasoline from Venezuela, the satellite Press TV reported Thursday.

Iran has not signed any agreement with Venezuela to import gasoline from the Latin American state, the report quoted MP Hamid Reza Katouzian as saying.

"The issue of gasoline export from Venezuela to Iran has just been a personal statement raised by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez," Katouzian said.

"No agreement has been signed between the two countries in thisregard ... there has been only an accord politically talking, thus it does not bring any responsibility for us," he added.

On Sept. 7, visiting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, in a joint press conference with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said that his country is ready to provide Tehran with 20,000 barrels of gasoline per day, Press TV reported.

"Based on the agreement, Venezuela will import machinery and technology (from Iran) in exchange for export of gasoline ... (which is) a strategic move," Chavez was quoted as saying.

The claim raised amid the threat that Iran is faced by the Western countries' gas sanctions over its defiance to comply with the UN resolutions to halt its nuclear activities.

The United Nations Security Council has so far levied three rounds of sanctions on Iran.

World six major powers, namely Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, started talks with Iran in Geneva on Thursday in a bid to resolve Iran's nuclear program standoff.

The United States and its allies have accused Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of civilian nuclear program, while Iran has denied the U.S. charges and insisted that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Source: Xinhua
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