Two days after the U.S. decided to end sanctions waivers on Iranian oil, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif predicted that "Iran will continue to sell its oil. We will continue to find buyers for our oil and we will continue to use the Strait of Hormuz as a safe transit passage for the sale of our oil... if the U.S. takes the crazy measure of trying to prevent us from doing that, then it should be prepared for the consequences". He further assessed that senior Israeli and U.S. officials sought "regime change at the very least" and could be "plotting an accident anywhere in the region". Zarif also indicated that "I'm ready... and I have authority" to negotiate a prisoner swap with the U.S.
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