Iran Proposes Prisoner Swap for Jailed UK National Zaghari-Ratcliffe

China tells U.S. to avoid 'wrong moves' over Iran oil controls

The IRGC was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the Trump administration on earlier this month - marking the first time that the USA has formally labeled another country's military a terrorist group.

Reinforcing Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's stance, Zarif warned: "If the United States takes the insane measure of trying to prevent us from doing that, then it should be prepared for the consequences". Aside from a brief period of cooperation under former President Barack Obama, who signed the JCPOA nuclear deal, Iran has been under USA sanctions for most of its recent history.

Then, the administration could grant them waivers from sanctions to insure, transport and refine the oil that are allowed under the 2012 Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act, they said.

"I mean there are always ways of going around the sanctions".

"The supreme leader said that USA officials assume that they have blocked the way, but if the active Iranian people and the vigilant officials buckle down, they would reopen the paths", reported IRNA.

Zarif was, however, adamant that Iran would continue to export oil to the worldwide market, despite the USA announcement on Monday that it would not renew waivers for eight countries to continue purchasing Iranian oil. In part because of soaring domestic production, United States commercial crude oil inventories last week hit a October 2017 high of 460.63 million barrels, the energy information administration said on Wednesday.

According to Zarif, a kitchen cabinet comprising Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu, US National Security Adviser John Bolton, UAE ruler Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayad and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman "wants the US to take insane measures".

Prime Minister Theresa May has also told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani she had "serious concerns" about the jailing of Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

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"I wouldn't discount the B team plotting an accident anywhere in the region, particularly as we get closer to the election".

"There's roughly a million barrels per day (bpd) of Iranian crude (exports) left, and there is plenty of supply in the market to ease that transition and maintain stable prices", said Brian Hook, U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State, speaking in a call with reporters. "We are not there yet", Zarif said referring to the November 2020 vote for USA president.

Iran's foreign minister has suggested charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe could be released as part of a prisoner swap.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "The treatment of all British-Iranians detained in Iran, including Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, is a priority for the Government".

"Now we hear about Nazanin Zaghari and her child, and I feel sorry for them, and I've done my best to help, but nobody talks about this lady in Australia", Zarif said. "I put this offer on the table now: Exchange them".

He spoke of one Iranian woman he claimed gave birth in an Australian prison before being seperated from the child. "Exchange them", he said, adding that he had the authority to do it.

"The hostility would not be left unanswered", said Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in response to oil sanctions. "The United States believes the charges against these people in Iran are phony".

He went on to offer prisoner swaps with Washington.

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