Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast called today’s decision by the EU to embargo Iranian oil “unfair,” and “ineffective.”
“The method of threat, pressure and unfair sanctions against a nation that has a strong reason for its approach (is ineffective) and doomed to fail," said Mehmanparast. “The (new EU sanctions) will not prevent Iran from achieving its inalienable right,” he added. [Fars News Agency, 23 January].
Mehmanparast’s comments are so far the first official reaction to EU’s move, and were noticeably subdued. On 27 December, and in response to the impending US sanctions against the Central Bank of Iran, the country’s first vice president, Mohammad Reza Rahimi, had said that if new sanctions caused disruption in the country’s oil exports, Iran would not let a drop of oil pass through the Strait of Hormuz. Mehmanparast did not use such language in response to the direct oil embargo against Iran.
However, a senior member of the Iranian parliament, Majlis, today called for the closure of the Strait if the sale of Iranian oil is disrupted.
“If any disruption happens regarding the sale of Iranian oil, the Strait of Hormuz will definitely be closed,” said Mohammad Kossari, deputy chairman of Majlis's foreign affairs and national security committee [Fars News Agency, 23 January].