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Oil minister: Iran to give strong response to any military attack

Tehran, July 2, IRNA - Oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari said on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic of Iran is to give a powerful response to any military attack which might launched by the US or the Zionist regime.

Nozari made the remarks on the sidelines of the World Petroleum Congress in Madrid.

Speaking to reporters, he said that Iran is a big and powerful country and the current situation calls for exercising rationality on the issue.

No one is after igniting flames of war in the Middle East where most of the world's oil is produced, he said.

To a question on whether Iran would halt oil export in case of a military attack on the country, he said Iran has always tried to maintain its quotas in OPEC as well as in the world market.

On investments by American companies in Iran's oil sector, he said they themselves should provide a suitable ground to enter Iran's oil market and Iran will not to create any hurdle to this end.

Nozari arrived in Madrid on Monday at the head of a delegation to take part in the 19th International Oil Congress.

The 19th International Oil Congress in which some 3,000 oil officials and distinguished experts are participating, opened Monday in a ceremony attended by Spanish King Juan Carlos.

OPEC Secretary General Abdalla Salem El-Badri, Director of International Energy Agency Nobou Tanaka, oil ministers from scores of oil producing and consuming countries as well as managers of major international oil companies including ExxonMobil, Gazprom, Rosneft and Sell are among the top participants in the event.

Deputy Oil Minister for refinery and distribution affairs Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh, director of National Iran Oil Company's Researches Department Emadi as well as a number of Oil Ministry officials are accompanying Nozari on the trip.

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