Iran urges OPEC members to refrain from unilateral actions

02 July, 2018, 13:41 | Author: Brooke Harris

President Donald Trump lashed out at Opec with a warning to stop manipulating oil markets and piled pressure on close USA allies in an interview that aired on Sunday with a threat to sanction European companies that do business with Iran.

The official warned countries including China and India, who are key buyers of Iranian oil, that they should stop purchasing crude from the country before the November deadline or face U.S. sanctions.

Despite the relief from Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation, oil markets remain tense because of unplanned outages from Canada to Venezuela and Libya.

European countries have been attempting to negotiate exemptions for their firms, but the official confirmed that Trump intends to stick to his deadline.

"Recurring salvos in the trade war and falling asset prices raise the question of how much tariffs could damage the global economy, United States bank JP Morgan said in a note".

Oil prices rose strongly last week, with the USA crude contract hitting its highest in 3-1/2 years at $74.46.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud had agreed to pump more oil, "maybe up to 2,000,000 barrels".

Jahangiri said it was not that "simple".

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"We want to defeat America's efforts ... to stop Iran's oil exports", he said.

Jahangiri said: "They're begging the Saudis to raise their output so that if Iran's quota decreases nothing will happen to the markets".

Iran has asked fellow OPEC members to "refrain from any unilateral measures", warning that would undermine the unity of OPEC, following reports that Saudi Arabia has raised its oil production to a record high this month.

On Fox, Trump directed blame at the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, of which Saudi Arabia is a member.

Despite the apparent supply relief from Saudi Arabia, oil markets remain tense over escalating trade disputes between the United States and other major economies including China, the European Union, India and Canada, as well as the looming new U.S. sanctions against Iran.

"OPEC decisions by no means warrant any action by some of its member countries in pursuit of the call for production increase by US, politically motivated against Iran", Zanganeh wrote.

"Any increase in the production by any member country beyond commitments stipulated in OPEC's decisions ... would constitute a breach of the agreement", Zanganeh wrote in his letter, seen by Reuters and also reported by state media on Sunday.

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