TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president says the West has launched an "all-out ... war" against Iran by imposing oil and banking sanctions on his country.
Speaking on a live TV talk show Tuesday, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the West's sanctions have created barriers in oil sales and money transfers.
Ahmadinejad said his administration is removing the barriers, pledging that the enemies of Iran would not achieve their goals.
The West's sanctions are meant to press Iran to stop enriching uranium. The West suspects Iran is aiming for nuclear weapons production. Iran denies that.
In July, the European Union banned oil imports from Iran, just after the U.S. enacted tough sanctions against Iran's central bank. The sanctions have severely harmed Iran's economy.
Iran relies on crude export for some 80 percent of its foreign revenue.