Tehran, June 24 (Xinhua-ANI): Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi said Sunday that EU sanctions on Iran's oil exports will not affect the country's oil industry.
EU leaders approved in January the latest raft of restrictive measures on Iran's oil exports over its controversial nuclear program. The sanctions are expected to come into force on July 1.
The semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Qasemi, as saying that the EU sanctions against Iran have already started, though it would be officially implemented on July 1.
The imposition of sanctions by EU against Iran will neither create problem for the country nor prevent its further progress, he added.
The West suspects that Iran's nuclear program has military aims, but Iran has repeatedly denied the claims. (Xinhua-ANI)