Indonesia to continue purchasing Iranian crude: Envoy

The Indonesian ambassador to Tehran has dismissed the US-engineered illegal oil embargoes against Iran, saying Jakarta will continue to purchase the Iranian crude.

“Indonesia needs cooperation and trade transactions with Iran, the particularly oil purchase, and will continue this cooperation,” IRNA quoted Dian Wirengjurit as saying on Monday.

He hailed Iran’s advances in the fields of science and technology and voiced Indonesia’s willingness to use Iran’s experiences in those areas.

Indonesia, as a developing country, is in need of science and technology and the required infrastructures; Iran’s considerable experiences can be helpful in this respect, Wirengjurit noted.

The Indonesian official also reiterated that his country supports Iran’s right to develop nuclear technology for civilian purposes.

At the beginning of 2012, the US and the EU approved new sanctions against Iran’s oil and financial sectors.

Washington and the EU have declared that the bans are meant to force Iran to abandon its nuclear energy program, which they claim may include a non-civilian aspect.

Iran, however, has vehemently rejected the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to utilize nuclear technology for peaceful objectives.

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