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Iran's oil flow to EU countries "not to stop at the moment": report

(Xinhua)

10:50, February 16, 2012

TEHRAN, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- An Iranian foreign ministry official said on Wednesday that Iran's oil flow to EU countries " will not stop at the moment", the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

Hassan Tajik, general director of the Western Europe bureau of the foreign ministry, said that out of "humanitarian" considerations, Iran will not cut its oil exports to any EU countries at the moment, according to Mehr.

However, Iran has concluded to send a "strong and serious message" to the EU about its oil contracts, he said, who went on to explain that the message is the Islamic republic can immediately replace its oil customers.

On a related note, the information obtained from the Iranian oil ministry cast a somewhat different light on the country's oil exports policy. According to the ministry, Iran has decided "to stop its oil exports to France and the Netherlands and has given an ultimatum to four other countries, Italy, Spain, Greece and Portugal, to extend their contracts with Iran that will cover a long term."

Earlier on Wednesday, the local satellite Press TV reported that Iran has cut its oil exports to six European Union (EU) countries, the names of which the TV channel did not specify.

On Wednesday, the Iranian foreign ministry called in the ambassadors of France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Greece and Portugal to discuss the recent EU sanctions against Iran.

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