TEHRAN, Iran -- A former head of Iran's central bank was elected Sunday to head a 13-nation bloc of gas-producing countries as Tehran looks beyond its sanctions-hit crude oil sales to bring in vital revenue and explore new energy markets.Iran has looked to its vast natural gas reserves and refined petrochemical products to bypass U.S.-led sanctions over Tehran's nuclear program. The sanctions have concentrated on Iran's oil exports -- cutting them in half over the past two years -- and such measures as blocking access to international banking networks.
Iran Envoy Elected to Lead Gas-Producing Bloc
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