• 2 minutes Oil Price Could Fall To $30 If Global Deal Not Extended
  • 5 minutes Middle East on brink: Oil tankers attacked off Oman
  • 8 minutes CNN:America's oil boom will break more records this year. OPEC is stuck in retreat
  • 9 hours Here We Go: New York Lawmakers Pass Aggressive Law To Fight Climate Change
  • 5 hours The Inconvenient Truth Of Electric Cars
  • 1 hour Iran downs US drone. No military response . . Just Completely Destroy their Economy. Can Senator Kerry be tried for aiding enemy ?
  • 4 hours Oil Demand Needs to Halve: Equinor
  • 9 hours Magic of Shale: EXPORTS!! Crude Exporters Navigate Gulf Coast Terminal Constraints
  • 12 hours Ireland To Ban New Petrol And Diesel Vehicles From 2030
  • 11 hours Is $60/Bbl WTI still considered a break even for Shale Oil
  • 6 hours Solar Panels at 26 cents per watt
  • 4 hours The Plastics Problem
  • 12 hours Wonders of Shale - Gas, bringing investments and jobs to the US
  • 13 hours NATO Article 5: Attack on one member is attack on all. Members all must come to defense . . . NOT facilitate financial transactions to circumvent and foil US Sanctions. Somebody please tell Angela.
  • 5 hours Huge UK Gas Discovery
  • 9 hours Hydrogen FTW... Some Day
  • 7 hours Section 232 Uranium
  • 5 hours Green vs. Coal: Bavaria Seeks Fast-Track German Coal Exit in Snub to Merkel Plan
Irina Slav

Irina Slav

Irina is a writer for Oilprice.com with over a decade of experience writing on the oil and gas industry.

More Info

Premium Content

Iran Won’t Leave OPEC

Iran has no intention of leaving OPEC despite its being treated like an enemy by some members, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh told a parliamentary news site as quoted by Reuters. Zanganeh did, however, note that the organization was being turned into a political forum.

“Iran has no plans to leave OPEC...and regrets that some members of OPEC have turned this organization into a political forum for confronting two founding members of OPEC, meaning Iran and Venezuela,” he said, adding “And two regional countries are showing enmity toward us in this organization. We are not their enemy but they are showing enmity toward us...and (they) use oil as a weapon against us in the global market and world.”

Although the official did not name the two countries, these are most likely Saudi Arabia and its sidekick the UAE. Both countries were quick to assure markets they would step in to fill the oil production gap that the U.S. sanctions against Iran would leave after the end of the waivers in May. This has further increased tensions with Iran, already running high as Tehran and Riyadh wrestle for more influence in the Middle East.

Iran’s oil exports, according to data cited by Reuters, may have fallen to just 400,000 bpd last month, less than half of exports in April. The United States had given eight countries six-month waivers to continue buying oil from Iran after it re-imposed sanctions on the Iranian oil industry in November. The United States, however, pursued a maximum pressure campaign against Iran last month and put an end to all sanction waivers for all Iranian oil buyers, beginning in May. Related: An Opportunity In California’s Overlooked Oil Sector

The latest move in this policy was adding Iran’s largest petrochemicals company to the list of sanctions on Iranian entities, citing accusations that it supported the Revolutionary Guard—earlier this year Washington designated the Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.

Yet Tehran seems to be finding ways around the sanctions.

“We have thought about confronting America’s actions and constantly have found and will find new ways and anyway this is a war where we are standing strong and will not retreat,” Zanganeh told the parliamentary website, ICANA.

By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:




Download The Free Oilprice App Today

Back to homepage


Leave a comment

Leave a comment




Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News