Iran Says No Suspension Of Oil Exports From Kharg Island
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) _ An Iranian official says Iraqi air attacks on its huge Kharg Island oil terminal in the Persian Gulf have not interrupted exports from the facility, Iran’s official Islamic Republic News Agency said Sunday.
Mohammad Hassan Tavalaei, director of Iran’s southern oil fields, told a news conference Saturday there had been no suspension of exports, IRNA said.
Iraq said Friday it had raided Kharg by air that day for the third time in two weeks. IRNA made no mention of the latest claim. Iran reportedly has been repairing jetties damaged during earlier raids.
Kharg, 140 miles southeast of Iraq, handles 90 percent of Iran’s crude oil exports.
IRNA said in a separate dispatch that Iranian forces killed or wounded more than 250 Iraqi soldiers on the northern and central fronts during the previous 24 hours.
It did not specify where the battles took place. Such claims have been mostly unverifiable during the 5-year Iran-Iraq war.