In this file photo taken on Wednesday, Oct.17, 2012, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks to journalists during a press conference in Kuwait, where he attends the first summit of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD). Even as U.S. and European sanctions tighten around Iran’s economy, officials in Tehran are busy reaching out to Asian markets as a critical lifeline. For months, Iran’s oil sales to energy-hungry nations such as China and India have been the focus of intense Western pressure to reduce the flow as part of pressure over Iranís nuclear program. (AP Photo/Gustavo Ferrari, File)