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Oil Prices Fall As Iran Claims Sanctions Will Be Lifted

Oil prices dropped again early on Thursday after Iran’s president said that the world powers had accepted during the latest round of talks that sanctions against Iran would be lifted.

As of 10:39 a.m. EDT on Thursday, WTI Crude was trading down 0.95 percent at $62.76. Brent Crude prices had declined by 1.07 percent to trade below $66 a barrel—at $65.96.

Just two days ago, Brent Crude briefly touched $70 early on Tuesday but failed to hold on to that handle later during the day as reports of a breakthrough in the indirect talks about the nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran (later clarified that there has been no breakthrough) sent prices down.

On Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was quoted as saying that global powers taking part in the indirect U.S.-Iranian talks on a return to the nuclear agreement had accepted that the U.S. sanctions on Iran, including on its oil exports, would be removed.

“The main agreement has been made,” Rouhani said according to Iranian state television, Bloomberg reported.

The report sent crude oil prices down for the third day in a row as the market anticipates a legitimate return of Iranian oil supply. Analysts say that the market would likely be able to absorb additional barrels from Iran, but traders and speculators react to any reported breakthrough in the talks.

Oil prices tumbled to a three-week low on Wednesday, “after the broader market slump was exacerbated by the prospect of a boost in Iranian supply as nuclear talks continue and the EIA reported a 1.3 million barrels rise in crude stocks,” Saxo Bank analysts said early on Thursday.

“Brent is likely to remain stuck in a $65 to $70 range while the ongoing virus threat prevents a synchronized recovery in global fuel demand at a time of rising OPEC+ production,” Saxo Bank noted.

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on May 20 2021 said:
    The claim by the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that sanctions on Iran would be lifted is no more than a ploy to rally his supporters to do well in the 18th of June presidential elections.

    US sanctions on Iran may never be lifted even by 2023 or ever. The reason is that the positions of the United States and Iran are irreconcilable.

    Furthermore, supporters of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are going to have a landslide victory in the presidential elections. The IRGC and its allies will do their utmost to derail negotiations with the United States as a retaliation for the assassination of their leader Qasim Sulimani or get a deal on their own terms.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Visiting Professor of Energy Economics at ESCP Europe Business School, London
  • brad meyer on May 26 2021 said:
    I would think the Biden Administration wants the deal so bad they will give in to Iran. I suspect Iran will push to get as much as they can for this 'deal'.

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