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Iran ready to sell oil equipment to U.S.

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Iran announced that it has the world's fourth biggest cyber army but it is ready to focus on business and sell home-made petrochemical equipment to the United States.

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"Both the US and Israel have admitted the Islamic Republic of Iran's cyber power," said Ali Akbar Velayati, a candidate in Iran's presidential election, in a meeting held at the venue of the National Center for Cyberspace in Tehran, according to Fars News Agency (FNA).

Mr. Velayati also said that compared with other sciences, the cyberspace in Iran has shown a significant growth along with the progress of this science in the world. In relevant remarks in February, an official of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps announced that Iran enjoys the world's fourth biggest cyber army, stressing that the IRGC's power is seen as a major counterbalance to the US and Israel in the region.

The IRGC with its cyber power and soft war capabilities is "the fourth biggest cyber power among the world's cyber armies", Deputy of the Supreme Leader's representative at the IRGC Brigadier General Mohammad Hossein Sepehr said.

At the same time, Managing Director of the National Petrochemical Company (NPC) Abdolhossein Bayat said that "We used to be dependent (on foreigners) even for simple parts, but now more than 80 percent of the (petrochemical) parts, technical know-how, standard gases and the like have been indigenized and are used in the industry." Iran announced that the country's petrochemical revenues have increased by $2 billion.

Iran's Deputy Oil Minister Abdolhossein Bayat said the country has mastered catalyst production technology used in the petrochemical industry, and is ready to supply other countries, including the United States, with these catalysts.

"We have been using home-made catalysts for years in some petrochemical industries, which have been enlisted in the (West's) list of sanctions and we mass produce this product which has caused a surplus more than our needs; so we are ready to sell these catalysts that were previously imported to the American companies," Bayat, who is also managing-director of the National Petrochemical Company (NPC), told FNA.

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