Iran oil minister accuses Donald Trump of 'destabilising' market with tweets targetting OPEC
Iran on Saturday accused US president Donald Trump of destabilising the oil market with his flurry of tweets taking aim at the OPEC cartel.
Tehran: Iran on Saturday accused US president Donald Trump of destabilising the oil market with his flurry of tweets taking aim at Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.
"These days... the price is dependent on the behaviour of Mr Trump," Iranian oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on State television.
"Every day, Mr Trump has a new message or remark that causes concern in the market, or he gives OPEC members orders that are very insulting," or demands other countries increase their production, Zanganeh said. "It's an insult to the people and national sovereignty of these countries and it also destabilises the market," he added.
In his latest tweet on the subject on Wednesday, Trump said that the "OPEC Monopoly must remember that gas prices are up & they are doing little to help". He has repeatedly urged the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) — which includes key US ally Saudi Arabia — to raise its production.
OPEC and other producers including Russia agreed last month to boost output by around a million barrels a day, reversing course after supply cuts that cleared a global glut and boosted prices. The move came as Iran — an OPEC member — faces renewed sanctions over Trump's decision to quit the international nuclear deal with Tehran, which has added to supply concerns on world markets.
Israel has not claimed responsibility for the attack. However, Israeli media reported that the country had orchestrated a devastating cyberattack that caused the blackout
Iranian officials say they can return to compliance fairly quickly, but insist they want the US to lift sanctions first. Washington wants Iran to return to compliance first.
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the attack, allegedly carried out by Israel, could hurt ongoing negotiations over Iran's nuclear deal with world powers