Planned EU oil embargo looks set to squeeze IranAudio version
Iran's leaders say they can weather this pressure, and so far they have refused to budge on their controversial nuclear activities, ones that prompted a series of economic sanctions. As a result, it appears as if Iran will only face even greater difficulties when it comes to exporting oil, the lifeblood of its economy.
Iran is facing nothing but trouble in the global oil market, says Steve LeVine, energy analyst and author of the book ‘The Oil and the Glory’. "It's being hit on two sides — fewer absolute sales and it's getting less money for the sales that it's making," LeVine says. Sales to Europe are already down by a half from a year ago, and Iran is having a good deal of difficulty making up the difference, says LeVine. "Even the countries that have been agreeable to buy Iran's oil have cut back," he added.