Iran leaves open oil weapon option in atomic row
TEHRAN, Mar 5 (Reuters) Iran reiterated today it had no plans to use its oil exports as a weapon in a dispute over its nuclear programme but said it could still do so ''if conditions changed''.
''We are not interested in using oil as a weapon ... but if the conditions change it could affect our decision,'' Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani told a news conference.
He did not specify what he meant by a change in conditions.
Iran has been reported to the U N Security Council, which can impose sanctions, after failing to convince the international community it is developing nuclear energy for power stations and not for weapons.
Iran is the fourth-biggest oil exporter in the world and the second-biggest in the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.
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