Responses to the announcement fell along predictable lines. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu termed the EU decision a step in the right direction. Ali Fallahian, former head of Iranian intelligence, asserted that Iran should stop all sales to Europe immediately. Iran also has warned oil-producing Arab nations about increasing production to compensate for reductions in Iranian shipments. Tehran will seek to increase oil sales to Asia but is not assured of doing so easily. Japan has refused to increase its imports of Iranian oil. China may increase its imports somewhat but its economy is cooling and it has options elsewhere. An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Iran will not be deterred in continuing its nuclear development efforts.
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