Speaking on the occasion of the
second anniversary of implementation of the landmark deal Iran clinched
with the P5+1 group of countries, Amir Hossein Zamaninia, the deputy Minister
of Petroleum for International Affairs and Trading, said JCPOA's internal
solidarity and balance of interests are one of the reasons for prolonging the
suspension of nuclear sanctions by US President Donald Trump on Iran.
foreign companies to join Iran's oil industry have accelerated [thanks to the JCPOA],"
the official said.
He said: "The openings
in the oil industry created thanks to JCPOA have allowed us to tap all our potentialities
for development, production and export of crude oil and gas, and there are no
barriers to this."
Iran exported an average of
2.559 mn barrels of crude oil per day in the third quarter of the current
Iranian calendar year which began on March 21, Zamaninia added.
Prior to JCPOA implementation
on January 16 2016, Iran could export nearly a million b/d of crude oil which
increased some 2.5 times in a matter of a few months and has stayed steady
Import of key items and
equipment used in the sector has been much easier for Iran since January 2016
and the country has also signed a deal with an Italian company to manufacture
CRA pipes which are regarded as strategic items in oil industry.
Moreover, after JCPOA implementation,
the National Iranian Tanker Company renewed its membership in the Oil
Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF).
The company has also been
able to rejoin the IGA member clubs for resumption of the operation of its
fleet in European markets.
Donald Trump has waived some sanctions against Iran as required under a 2015 nuclear agreement,
staying within the deal for the time being.
With his announcement, Trump in
effect began a four-month countdown until the US ceases to comply with its
obligations under the agreement.
The next sanctions waivers
fall due on 12 May.