Iran official: US curbs to ‘undoubtedly’ hit economy


BEIRUT — Iran’s Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said that the United States pledges to halt any sale of Iranian oil will undoubtedly have an effect, acknowledging the impact of economic sanctions which will begin gradually next month.

But Jahangiri said that the right step to overcome this threat is by accelerating the sale of oil and intensively.

The Iranian vice president pointed out that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Central Bank will take measures to facilitate banking operations despite sanctions.

This acknowledgment coincides with the Iranian parliament vice president Ali Motahari threat to close the Strait of Hormuz.

Motahari said his government will close the Strait of Hormuz and will not allow Gulf states to export their oil if Washington imposes sanctions on Iranian oil importers.

The latest Iranian statement comes in the hills of similar threats issued last week by Iranian President Hassan Rohani.

Also, the Iranian commander of the Islamic Republic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Maj. Gen. Mohamad Al-Jafari announced that the Strait of Hormuz either is for everyone or it is not for anyone. — Al Arabiya English