The Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi said in his speech before the Friday prayers of Tehran that Iran is a country rich in hydrocarbon reserves which are likely to outlive other countries’, adding "Things being so, arrogant countries would not like that to happen, to see a country with such huge oil and gas reserves independent of the whole world.”
Qasemi pointed out that in the past two years sanctions have heightened so much as to cripple production and export in the oil section. He said "Some parts of Iran’s oil industry are dependent on European and US companies and countries, a fact which made the job much harder.”
"These countries created corps inside their embassies to prevent Iran from exporting oil products and equipment, so our exports suffered greatly,” he added.
Qasemi asserted that Iran has not been exposed to such harsh sanctions even during the Iran-Iraq war.