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Iran makes Trump an offer he can’t refuse

Iran intends to make Trump an offer he can’t refuse by holding the oil supply hostage to his sanctions

US president Donald Trump hoped to create economic pressure on the citizens of Venezuela and Iran by passing sanctions that would damage their oil market, among others.

Now that Trump’s sanctions have increased the price of oil, some OPEC member nations want to increase production in order to compensate for the loss of supply in the market from Iran and Venezuela to get a handle on the price of oil, which is on the rise.

However, in order to push through an agreement to increase production, OPEC needs unanimous agreement amongst its members.

However, the oil producing nations, and OPEC members of Venezuela and Iran, who are subjects of Trump’s economic sanctions, together with Iraq, are refusing to abide by any agreement to increase oil production for this purpose.

Tasnim News Agency reports:

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s oil minister said problems in the oil market were political and not the result of a supply and demand imbalance.

“The current problem in the oil market is the result of political tension caused by the American president, not supply and demand imbalance,” Bijan Zangeneh said on Tuesday before his departure to the OPEC summit, Shana news agency reported.

Recently, Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, Iran’s OPEC governor, said Venezuela and Iraq will join Iran in blocking a proposal to increase oil production that’s backed by Saudi Arabia and Russia when OPEC and its allies meet in Vienna this week.

“Three OPEC founders are going to stop it,” Kazempour Ardebili said in comments to Bloomberg on Sunday.

“If the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Russia want to increase production, this requires unanimity. If the two want to act alone, that’s a breach of the cooperation agreement.”

OPEC and its allies could consider a production increase of as much as 1.5 million barrels a day, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Thursday.

That would be enough to offset the supply losses from Venezuela and Iran foreseen by the International Energy Agency. Saudi Arabia has been discussing different scenarios that would raise production by between 500,000 and 1 million barrels a day, according to people familiar with the matter.

The alliance is also facing pressure from outside. US President Donald Trump has continued to criticize the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries on his Twitter account. Worried about the impact of gasoline prices on mid-term elections, the Trump administration is lobbying hard for a surge in production.

“We call upon our brothers in OPEC and Russia that we do not need to appease Trump, who sanctions two OPEC founders and also Russia,” Kazempour Ardebili said.

“We are sovereign nations driven by our own responsibilities and values. The whole world has to stand against these arrogant attitudes — and will.”

Therefore, Iran, Iraq, and Venezuela are, in effect, pushing the effects of Trump’s sanctions back onto America, which will continue to realize the costs of Trump’s sanctions through increased oil prices.

Trump wanted to make a deal that Iran and Venezuela couldn’t refuse, but now that it is Iran and Venezuela’s turn, they intend to make Trump such a deal, by holding the oil supply hostage to Trump’s economic sanctions. Apparently, the effects of Trump’s sanctions will be visited upon Americans, as well, and as long as Trump intends to stand by this behaviour, he can expect oil prices to reflect it.

 

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AM Hants

Nice one, Iran, Venezuela and Iraq. Guess the sanctions and tariffs are a mega ‘home goal’?

PHILIP LAFRANCE
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PHILIP LAFRANCE

America’s solution to it’s loss of world hegemony? Sanction the world! Careful Trump, many on this planet are waking up and are no longer so naive.

dago dingo
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dago dingo

Well done Iran, Iraq and Venezuela. Give the arrogant psychopaths in Washington, the pointy boot in the backside they so desperately deserve.

Lena Jones
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Lena Jones

If oil prices go up in the US, then food transportation costs are up too, therefore supermarket prices on food go up. Less food in belly, more anger in the chest. Mass anger in the chest = violence on the streets. Violence on the streets could possibly = a revolution. If the revolution is successful then fair enough, but if not successful, then its low-brew civil war that would eventually lead to an even bloodier revolution. What usually happens when oil prices go up and STAY up in the US is that the government starts scrambling for quick fixes to… Read more »

AJ
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AJ

All these sanctions & tariffs by Trump is like a petulant child lashing out not understanding the world around them is changing rapidly. The US centric world order is declining.

John Mason
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John Mason

Russia is not an OPEC member and doesn’t have to abide by their decisions. As I recall Russia worked with OPEC because of the over supply of oil that caused the crisis, now that the crisis has been deterred Russia is free to act in their own interest.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Brilliant move!

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

And of course the hegemonic US is now threatening OPEC:Congress Is Considering A Bill Enabling Anti-Trust Litigation Against OPEC “Trump’s open and repeated criticism of OPEC and its influence on oil prices provides credibility to the belief that he would sign into law the NOPEC legislation that is currently making its way through Congress. The bill would allow America to pursue litigation against OPEC on anti trust grounds. NOPEC isn’t a totally new concept, as it has been drafted and voted through Congress some 16 times over the past 18 years, but never made it past the President’s desk, whether… Read more »

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