Iran Set to Cut Oil Exports to Europe


Emboldened by the sanctions regime, the Iranian government is preempting an EU embargo on their oil scheduled for this summer

antiwar.com

Iran is preempting the European Union’s embargo on their oil, deciding to cut off exports to Europe six months before the embargo is set to take place.

The EU embargo on Iranian oil, pushed stringently by the United States, was delayed for six months to let economically troubled countries such as Greece, Italy and Spain find alternative supplies. Some 500,000 barrels arrive in Europe every day from Iran. But the U.S. had been successful in pressuring EU countries to inflict more economic pain on themselves by cutting off one of their main oil suppliers.

These measures aren’t only harming the EU economies, they are impoverishing the Iranian people. Jobs are being lost because the oil sector is weakened and rampant inflation caused by sanctions targeted on the central bank have pushed the price of meat and milk up 50 percent.

“People are buying less because the prices have gone up,” Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari said. “That affects the shopkeepers. It’s a vicious cycle.” An Iranian interviewed on the subject said, “People are hungry and this is why crime has gone up.”

The move to cut off exports to the EU before the embargo sets in is an illustration of how poorly the sanctions program on Iran has worked. Instead of pressuring the Iranian government to conform to the wishes of the U.S. and its western allies, it has emboldened the regime.

  1. #1 by Isaac on 01/28/2012 - 9:34

    That is what happen because Iran now can sell the oil to China, India and have more economic trade with other countreis that are not puppets of the parasites.

  2. #2 by Flipper on 01/28/2012 - 9:34

    ‘Iran will stop EU oil exports this week’

    Don’t bother to save more than 3 weeks worth of gas, because they changed the additives, and it will come apart and wreck your motor, otherwise; get propane.

  3. #3 by Ingrid B on 01/28/2012 - 9:34

    “Instead of pressuring the Iranian government to conform to the wishes of the U.S. and its western allies, it has emboldened the regime.” : good..

  4. #5 by Ingrid B on 01/28/2012 - 9:34

    @Flipper, the article doesn`t name the ship, but I imagine it is the Enterprise..

  5. #6 by Isaac on 01/29/2012 - 9:34

    Flipper. I also watch the http://www.presstv.com which is more accurate than the Western news media which is controlled by the Zionists. They also have that in Spanish and other languages. They have news about Iran cutting oil to the West. It will be interesting to see what happen. Thanks
    Ingrid. I think you are right because the parasites want to send an old ship so they can bomb it and blame it on Iran. A new false flag to start another war.

  6. #7 by Ingrid B on 01/29/2012 - 9:34

    IF they take out the Enterprise, there will be a huge loss of US lives, to add to the already huge losses.. wonder if the crew knows they may be sacrificed..

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