Speaking to Shana, Hussein Kazempour Ardebily
said: “This anger is expressed either by slandering the Saudi King, on the one
hand, or OPEC, on the other, for not boosting their oil output.”
Mr. Ardebily, arguing that Trump’s irritation
reflects the failure of his anti-Iran policies, stated: "We had previously
reminded the US President that there was not enough capacity to replace Iran's
oil in the market, and called on him to suspend the [Iran] sanctions,
aggression, and insulting nations and governments.”
He described any assistance of US ploys against Iran
as antagonistic, saying, “In the case of imposing sanctions on Iran, the price
of oil would climb and Russia and Saudi Arabia would not be able to oversupply the
market to prevent the soaring prices.”
US President Donald Trump told a rally in
Mississippi on Tuesday that close US ally Saudi Arabia and its king would not
last "for two weeks" without US military support.
Underlining the US military protection for two OPEC
member-states and expectation of other members to boost OPEC’s output to bring
down oil prices, Mr. Ardebily argued such expectations were “groundless”.
"Of course, none of these countries has an
influence on the oil price as it is determined by supply and demand of the
Kazempour Ardebily also expressed regret at the
silence of OPEC Secretary General and President in response to President Trump's
disgrace to the organization, saying, “Members of the organization expect their
Excellencies, OPEC Secretary General and President to firmly respond to US
Iran's OPEC Governor further added that OPEC's
oil production rose by a total of 870,000 b/d in August compared with May,
saying during the same period, the total decline in those members that were supposed
to reduce their output was 468,000 barrels per day.
"At the same period, the total increase in
non-OPEC production was 273,000 barrels, and the total decline in non-OPEC
producers, which had undertaken to cut their output, was 293,000 barrels a day.
Kazimpour Ardebily said that in August 2018 Saudi
Arabia and Russia had increased their oil production compared to May levels by 415,000
and 235,000 bd, respectively, saying considering the levels the two countries
had undertaken in the Deceleration of Cooperation to decrease their output,
Saudi Arabia and Russia had respectively increased their output by 346,000 and
250,000 bd which was considered a violation of the agreement by the two of
He said despite the fact that such a breach had
taken place by these countries, and the Islamic Republic of Iran had not reduced
its output production, the market was still concerned about shortages in the final
months of the year.
Asking, rhetorically, how Mr. Trump was planning
to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero, Mr. Ardebily further added: “Imposing an
embargo on Iran’s oil is not practical and, Mr. Trump, instead of anger, needs
to return to the negotiating table and negotiate with Iran on the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).”
Iran struck the JCPOA, or the nuclear deal, with
the P5+1 group of countries in Vienna in 2015.