Algeria warns Saudi Arabia, Russia against increasing oil output

A group of protesters chant slogans at the main gate of old Grand Bazaar in Tehran Iran

A group of protesters chant slogans at the main gate of old Grand Bazaar in Tehran Iran

"We will surely do something to thwart the U.S. rallying cry that Iranian oil (exports) must be stemmed", First Vice President Eshagh Jahangiri said in statements broadcast on state television.

The announcement by Jahangiri came just a day after US President Donald Trump said that Saudi Arabia had agreed to increase its oil exports to make up the difference lost to the sanctions.

"Oil is already being offered on the bourse, about 60,000 barrels per day, but that has been only for exports of oil products", Jahangiri said. "Since Venezuela and Libya failed to produce, OPEC countries chose to increase their output by one million barrels to compensate", Sonatrach's CEO noted, adding: "This is why prices stand at the same level".

Oil prices had risen on Friday on worries that USA sanctions against Iran would take away significant volumes of crude oil from world markets while oil demand worldwide increases.

In a tweet on Saturday, Trump said the extra Saudi oil would help offset a decline in supply from Iran, after the United States pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in May and moved to reimpose oil sanctions.

The Trump administration is standing by its plan to reduce Iran's oil revenue to zero in a bid to isolate the country and force its leaders to change their behavior, a senior State Department official said Monday.

"Yes, of course. That's what we're doing". That official, who spoke without attribution, said, "Without question, they should be reducing".

Shortly after, the White House backtracked on Trump's statement, saying that Riyadh is ready for measures aimed at stabilizing the oil market.

"Member nations of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the leading non-OPEC oil producer Russian Federation, should maintain the Algiers Pact they forged in September 2016 so that oil prices will continue to ramp up", Sonatrach CEO Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour said.

Jahangiri said: "They're begging the Saudis to raise their output so that if Iran's quota decreases nothing will happen to the markets".

Iran is India's third-largest oil supplier behind Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

The Treasury Department said the sanctions on Iran would take effect in 90-day and 180-day periods - after August 6 and November 4.

Without naming Saudi Arabia, Zangeneh wrote "any increase" in production by any member state "beyond commitments stipulated in OPEC's decisions. would constitute (a) breach of the agreement".

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