Iran leader says OPEC states under US & Western influence

Jan 17, 1997 01:00 AM

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said that the United States is dictating what OPEC members should do with their oil resources. "There was a time when the US dictated what price to sell the oil at, and to sell the oil to this person and not to that person. Now we see similar things in OPEC,'' Khamenei told. "There are some countries which lower the price of their oil to even less than zero for the sake of the US and Western companies,'' he said. Iran has in the past criticised Saudi Arabia for its moderate oil policies. Iran -- the world's third biggest oil exporter -- is OPEC's second largest producer behind Saudi Arabia. "For the superpower (US) and Arrogance (West) it is unbearable that someone would not follow their orders. This is the root of their animosity against Iran. Other statements are just excuses,'' he said. Khamenei added that Iran was working to reduce its economic reliance on oil.

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