"Just a while ago, ministry officials brought the news that the U.S. Secretary of State made a statement on limiting or lifting of sanctions for eight countries including Turkey", Fatih Dönmez told reporters. He also said that 700 Iranian persons and entities would be added to the blocked list on Monday, including 300 of which had been removed from it during the time the United States remained a party to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Iran said it was not troubled over the re-imposition of USA sanctions, which target not only its vital oil and gas sector but also shipping, ship-building and banking industries.
On the issue of renewed sanctions on Iran that kick in on Monday, Pompeo said that European countries are already fleeing the country.
Anger and distrust of the United States are surging again following President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from Iran's nuclear deal with world powers despite Tehran's compliance with the agreement, which was negotiated under the Obama administration.
The waiver is conditional on Iraq not paying Iran for the imports in U.S. dollars, said the officials, including a member of Iraq's ministerial committee that oversees energy activities.
Iranians burn an image of US President Donald Trump during an anti-US demonstration outside the former US embassy headquarters in the capital Tehran on 9 May 2018 after Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran.
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Meanwhile, Iranian state television reported that the Islamic Republic had started production of the locally-designed Kowsar fighter plane for use in its air force.
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"The reimposition of USA sanctions has begun to harm Iran's economy as major companies exit the Iranian economy rather than risk being penalized by the United States", the report said. It did not name the countries which would benefit.
Although the European Union has vowed to create a "special objective vehicle" (SPV) to protect companies buying oil, analysts see little chance that firms will risk USA penalties by using it.
A source said: "Zarubezhneft left all the projects in Iran due to sanctions". These sanctions hit at core areas of Iran's economy. They are the second lot of sanctions re-imposed by Mr Trump since May.
Mr Pompeo said the sanctions are "aimed at depriving the regime of the revenues it uses to spread death and destruction around the world". Secretary Pompeo has promised "maximum pressure" on Tehran in the weeks and months ahead.
All are among Iran's biggest oil customers, and they have argued that stopping their purchases immediately would cause oil prices to spike worldwide.
The United States believes global oil supplies will exceed demand next year, making it easier for countries to cut Iranian oil imports to zero, Brian Hook, the US special representative for Iran, told reporters.