TEHRAN | Sun Feb 19, 2012
4:32pm EST

(Reuters) - Iran has stopped selling crude to
British and French companies, the oil ministry said on Sunday, in a retaliatory
measure against fresh EU sanctions on the Islamic state's lifeblood,
"Exporting crude to British and French companies has been stopped ... we will
sell our oil to new customers," spokesman Alireza Nikzad was quoted as saying by
the Ministry of Petroleum website.

The European Union in January decided to stop importing crude from Iran from
July 1 over its disputed nuclear program, which the West says is aimed at
building bombs. Iran denies this.

Iran's oil minister said on February 4 that the Islamic state would cut its
oil exports to "some" European countries.