|Sanctions led Iran to self-sufficiency: Envoy||
Iran’s Ambassador to Berlin Alireza Sheikh-Attar says the U.S.-engineered sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear energy program have failed to achieve their objectives and have rather led Iran to self-sufficiency in oil and gas sectors.
“Sanctions imposed on Iran have not only failed to stop our technical progress as well as our oil and gas production, but, to the contrary, they have led to the country’s self-sufficiency in these sectors in such a way that heralds a very bright future for the development and growth of these industries in Iran,” Sheikh-Attar said on Friday.
The U.S., Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly charged that there are non-civilian aspects in Iran's nuclear energy program.
Over the false allegation, Washington and the European Union have imposed a series of illegal unilateral sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s oil and financial sectors. The bans come on top of four rounds of U.S.-instigated UN Security Council sanctions against Iran under the same pretext.
Tehran has categorically rejected the accusation, arguing that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a committed member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Sheikh-Attar expressed Iran's readiness to provide Europe with its needed energy forms.
“The Islamic Republic is an inevitable partner for all countries that need secure and sustainable energy,” Sheikh-Attar said.
Elaborating on Iran’s geopolitical, geostrategic and geoeconomic situation, he noted that the Islamic Republic is the only country which connects “the two key energy hubs in the world,” namely the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea.
Iran holds the world's third-largest proven oil reserves and the second-largest natural gas reserves.
The country's total in-place oil reserves have been estimated at more than 560 billion barrels, with about 140 billion barrels of recoverable oil. Heavy and extra heavy varieties of crude oil account for roughly 70-100 billion barrels of the total reserves.
(Source: Press TV)
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