Preemptive Move Ahead of Talks Iran Stops Oil Exports to Germany

Iran has halted oil exports to Germany, according to Iranian television, in an apparent effort to strengthen its position ahead of a fresh round of nuclear talks with Western powers in Istanbul on Saturday. It stopped crude exports to Spain and Greece on Tuesday to preempt the EU's embargo on oil imports, which come into force in July.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in parliament in Tehnran last month.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in parliament in Tehnran last month.

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cro -- with wire reports