Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
Our path is not the path of oil. Oil does not matter to us. The nationalization of oil does not matter to us. It is a mistake. Our goal is Islam. Our goal is not oil. If someone nationalizes oil, but puts aside Islam, why follow him?
— Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

Bijan Zanganeh
A bunch of people who did not have a deep knowledge of this sector, in order to accomplish their agenda, have taken the key institutions in the energy sector to the brink of total destruction. What they have done is like that of someone who jumps in an ambulance, and in order to get one patient to the hospital, drives over and kills hundreds of people, leaving thousands with broken legs and arms. In the name of distributing subsidies to the people, our friends have destroyed the key institutions in the energy sector, such as the electric utilities (tavanir), the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC) and the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC).
— Bijan Zanganeh, Oil Minister

Masoud Mirkazemi
The information was retrieved with great difficulty and submitted to the Hague: the bribes that were received, the witnesses to them and the funds that were deposited were all presented so as to leave no doubt for the three judges at the tribunal that this agreement was signed through corrupt means.
— Masoud Mirkazemi, former Oil Minister

Eshaq Jahangiri
I can tell you quite frankly that of all the individuals and entities that received oil allocations to sell oil on behalf of the Ministry of Oil, not one has returned a single dollar to the government.
— Eshaq Jahangiri, First Vice-President

Ezatollah Yousefian Molla
I do not have accurate information, perhaps there were new calculations that explain the new figures, besides, $2 billion is not a significant figure.
— Ezatollah Yousefian Molla, a member of the Budget and Planning Commission, explaining a $2 billion discrepancy between the Central Bank governor’s initial published declaration that $27 billion rather than $29 billion in sanctions-blocked oil revenues would find its way back to Iran.

Valliullah Seyf
Though nominally and legally deposited on an overnight basis—subject to withdrawal by the Central Bank at a moment’s notice, regretfully that was not the case.
— Valliullah Seyf, the Governor of Iran’s Central Bank speaking about the $24.5 billion Naftiran Intertrade Company’s foreign deposits.

Amir Abbas Soltani
How were 12 supertankers transferred to Babak Zanjani? … How is it that to issue a 100 million toman loan you check all the details of a person’s history, but to hand over 12 supertankers to Zanjani you paid no attention to his fraudulent identity card, his debts, and his fraudulent checks…how was it that you and four other ministers got together in one day and qualified Zanjani without any official or authority raising any concerns about him with you. Believe me, the people are much smarter than this.
— Amir Abbas Soltani, the head of the parliamentary committee charged with investigating the Zanjani case.