Iranian non-oil exports, oil sales must counter U.S. sanctions: Rouhani

FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a meeting with tribal leaders in Kerbala
FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a meeting with tribal leaders in Kerbala, Iraq, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Abdullah Dhiaa Al-Deen/File Photo

May 4, 2019

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday Iran should boost non-oil exports and continue oil sales to counter U.S. sanctions, saying Washington was targeting Tehran’s hard currency reserves, state television reported

“America is trying to decrease our foreign reserves … So we have to increase our hard currency income and cut our currency expenditures,” Rouhani said in remarks carried live on Iranian TV.

“We should increase production and raise our (non-oil) exports and resist America’s plots against the sale of our oil,” Rouhani said.

(Reporting by Dubai newsroom; editing by John Stonestreet)

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