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Iran President Paid Official Visit to Switzerland

Rouhani: Iran will respect nuclear deal as long as interests preserved

 Iran will continue to respect its nuclear agreement with world powers as long as its interests are preserved and it believes it can benefit from the resulting advantages, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday during an official visit to Switzerland. 

However, Rouhani appeared to threaten to disrupt oil shipments from neighbouring countries if Washington pressed ahead with its goal of forcing all countries to stop buying Iranian oil. 

“The Americans have claimed they want to completely stop Iran’s oil exports. They don’t understand the meaning of this statement, because it has no meaning for Iranian oil not to be exported, while the region’s oil is exported," Iran’s presidential website, president.ir, quoted him as saying. 

When asked at a news conference in Bern whether those comments constituted a threat to interfere with the shipping of neighbouring countries, Rouhani said: “Assuming that Iran could become the only oil producer unable to export its oil is a wrong assumption ... The United States will never be able to cut Iran’s oil revenues.” 

Iranian officials in the past have threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route, in retaliation for any hostile US action against Iran. 

The US pulled out of a multinational deal in May to lift sanctions against Iran in return for curbs to its nuclear programme. Washington has since told countries they must halt all imports of Iranian oil from November 4 or face US financial measures, with no exemptions. 

Road Map 

On the second day of Rouhani’s official visit to Switzerland, the two countries reaffirmed their support for the Road Map agreed in February 2016 and expressed their wish to deepen relations in spite of the current circumstances and to push ahead with implementing the Road Map. 

Tehran is an important partner for Switzerland both politically and economically, according to the Swiss foreign affairs ministry.