Iran has discovered oil in the southwestern Abadan region for the first time, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency on Jan. 23.

The oil was found at a depth of 3,570 m (11,712 ft) in an exploratory well and is “very light and sweet”, Zanganeh reportedly said.

“This is the first time we’ve reached oil in the Abadan region,” the minister was quoted as saying.

Zanganeh gave no estimate of how much oil the well might contain.

The U.S. withdrew from a nuclear deal with Iran last year and imposed sanctions to choke Iran’s oil and banking industries, while temporarily allowing eight customers to keep buying crude from the Islamic Republic.

Iran cannot be shut out of global energy markets because of its vast oil and gas reserves, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, according to the official presidency website.

“With regard to oil issues, luckily we are pursuing various paths and roads for selling oil and we bypass American sanctions with pride,” Rouhani said.