UPDATE 1-Iran's foreign minister: U.S. will not stop Iran oil exports - newspaper
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BEIRUT, Aug 8 (Reuters) - A U.S. plan to reduce Iran's oil exports to zero will not succeed, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was cited as saying by an Iranian newspaper on Wednesday.
U.S. officials have said in recent weeks that they aim to pressure countries to stop buying oil from Iran in a bid to force Tehran to halt its nuclear and missile programmes and involvement in regional conflicts in Syria and Iraq.
U.S. President Donald Trump responded by noting that Iran could face serious consequences if it threatened the United States.
"The Americans have assembled a war room against Iran," Zarif said. "We can’t get drawn into a confrontation with America by falling into this war room trap and playing on a battlefield."
Last month, Trump offered to meet with Iran’s leaders. Zarif said that Oman and Switzerland have acted as mediators in talks with America in the past but that there are currently no direct or indirect talks being held with the United States. (Reporting By Babak Dehghanpisheh Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)