President: Iran to Lower Budget Dependence on Oil Revenues

24 Feb

President: Iran to Lower Budget Dependence on Oil Revenues

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran plans to decrease the share of oil revenues in its next year state budget, the Iranian president announced.

“Role of oil revenues as well as government spending in the next Iranian calendar’s budget bill have been decreased. Government has plans to diversify its revenue sources,” Ahmadinejad said on Saturday evening.

“Execution of the second phase of targeted subsidies plan as well as the raise of non-oil exports are some of the best ways for decreasing the oil revenues role in the country’s economy,” Ahmadinejad told Iranian state TV.

The Iranian president further noted that enemy plots to put pressure on Iranian economy is under control, and called on the Iranian nation to protect their solidarity against enemy pressures and divisive plots.

Many Iranian officials believe that the West’s ban on Iranian oil supplies will help Iranian economy end its dependence on oil revenues.

In December, a senior Iranian legislator had said that officials plan to decrease reliance on oil revenues in the next year state budget to one million barrels a day, adding that the country will try to increase its income in the non-oil export sector, instead.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the NPT entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West’s calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed West’s demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians’ national resolve to continue the path.

Tehran has repeatedly said that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of IAEA’s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.

( Fonte: http://www.farsnews.com )

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