Report: Iran Stops Oil Exports to Six European Countries

Press TV reports that Tehran halts exports to Netherlands, Greece, France, Portugal, Spain, and Italy; semiofficial Fars agency says Iran started using new advanced centrifuges at Natanz nuclear plant.

Iran has stopped oil exports to six European states in retaliation for European Union sanctions imposed on the Islamic state's key export, its English-language Press TV reported on Wednesday.

"Iran cuts its oil exports to six European countries," Press TV reported.

iran oil - Glenn Klasner - December 12 2011
Glenn Klasner

Press TV said Iran has stopped exporting oil to Netherlands, Greece, France, Portugal, Spain and Italy.

Brent crude oil prices were up $1 a barrel to $118.35 shortly after the announcement.
The EU's 27 member states have decided to stop importing crude from Iran from July 1 over its disputed nuclear program, which the West says is aimed at building bombs. Iran denies this.

Iran's oil minister said on February 4 that the Islamic state would certainly cut its oil exports to "some" European countries.

Moreover, the semiofficial Fars agency reported Wednesday that the country has started using new advanced centrifuges at its main uranium enrichment site.

Fars reported that a "new generation of Iranian centrifuges" had been installed and operated at the Natanz site in the center of the country.

Iran also announced that it had begun loading domestically made nuclear fuel rods into its Tehran research reactor, a defiant move in response to toughening Western sanctions over its controversial nuclear program.