Iranian official: US shows some flexibility in oil sales

A senior Iranian official said on Saturday that the United States had shown flexibility in licensing Iranian oil sales, state media reported. This is evidence that Washington's policy of "maximum pressure" against Tehran has been defeated.

French President Emmanuel Macron facilitated the way at the G-7 summit a week ago to find a possible diplomatic solution to the confrontation between the United States and Iran, which has been brewing since President Donald Trump last year pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal signed by world powers with Tehran.

"Macron met with Trump during the G-7 meeting and the US side showed some flexibility in licensing Iranian oil sales," Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.

"This is a violation of the American policy of extreme pressure and a success of the policy of the Iranian resistance."

Since abandoning the nuclear deal, calling it flawed in Iran's favor, Trump has re-imposed sanctions to stifle vital oil trade, forcing Tehran to accept tougher restrictions on its nuclear work, curbing its ballistic missile program and ending its support for its proxies in the Middle East.

Araghchi said Iran and its European partners in the nuclear deal faced "difficult and complicated" talks to salvage the treaty.

He stressed that Tehran is determined to continue to reduce its obligations under the agreement until it gets protection from sanctions imposed on oil sales and banking transactions.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged his people on Wednesday to join forces to overcome Washington's "Economic War," while his government said it would use diplomacy to try to resolve the crisis, although it does not trust Trump.



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