Iran Dismisses Gasoline Sanctions as Fruitless.
"Considering the 7 percent negative growth of the developed countries and the likelihood of the insolvency of many refining companies, any discussion of imposing an embargo on the supply of gasoline to Iran on the global markets is futile," managing director of the National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) Farid Ameri said on Monday.Noting that Iran has no concerns over supplying its needed gasoline, Ameri reiterated that the country relies on its petrochemical industries to produce high quality gasoline in the near future.He dismissed some media reports on the import of gasoline from Venezuela, and said the agreement signed with the Latin American country is just a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had announced his country's preparedness to export 20,000 barrels of gasoline to Iran as soon as October. Speaking in a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during an official visit to Tehran in early September, Chavez reiterated that the two countries had signed an agreement in this regard. Iran is the world's fourth-largest exporter of crude oil but due to the lavish consumption of heavily subsidized fuel by Iranian drivers, the country cannot meet its domestic gasoline needs, and is forced to import large amounts which it then sells at very cheap pump prices, burdening the budget. Iran imports 22-25 million liters of gasoline per day at present.
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