UPDATE 1-U.S. will not stop Iran exporting oil, Iranian president says
The United States has imposed sanctions on Iran and U.S. officials say they aim to reduce Iran's oil exports to zero in a bid to curb the Islamic Republic's missile programme and regional influence.
"America should know that we are selling our oil and will continue to sell our oil and they are not able to stop our oil exports," President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech during a trip to the northern Iranian city of Shahroud.
"If one day they want to prevent the export of Iran's oil, then no oil will be exported from the Persian Gulf," he said.
Rouhani said the United States would not succeed in cutting Iran's economic ties with the region and the world.
Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri also said on Tuesday that U.S. sanctions were hitting vulnerable people in Iran.
"When (Americans) say their target is the Iranian government and there won't be pressure on the sick, the elderly and the weak in society, it's a lie," Jahangiri said, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
(Reporting by Babak Dehghanpisheh Editing by Kirsten Donovan and Edmund Blair)
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