Iran may use oil as politic tool (UPDATE)
Details were added after the first paragraph (the first version posted at 13:48)
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 21 /Trend/
Iran may use oil as a politic tool in any military conflict over Iran's nuclear program, Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qhasemi said in an interview with Al Jazeera on Monday.
"Well, I would like to mention that our economy does rely on oil. However, we don't foresee any difficulties in exporting our oil. We don't consider crude oil as a political tool, however if necessary, we'll use it as a tool any way we need to," Qhasemi said.
"We are not interested in using crude oil as a tool. And right now, we believe everything's ok and that there is no need to use crude oil as a tool. However, I have to reiterate that in case we are urged to and in case we think it's necessary: yes, we will use this," he added.
Iran is the third-largest oil exporter among the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
The Obama administration on Monday will name Iran, including its central bank, as a territory of "primary money laundering concern," say senior U.S. officials, in an effort to further pressure Tehran after recent disclosures about its alleged role in terrorism and nuclear weapons proliferation, The Wall Street Journal reported.
On November 8, IAEA General Director Yukiya Amano issued report which reads that the "information indicates Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of nuclear explosive devices."
Earlier, in October, the U.S. authorities said they had broken up plans by two men linked to Iranian Quds Force - a special unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) - to assassinate Saudi Ambassador to Washington Adel al-Jubeir.
Iran denies the allegations saying the U.S. uses this tactic to slander again Iran. The IRGC also rejected any involvement of the Quds force in the plot alleged by the United States.
Edited by T.Konyayeva.