Mohammed Bin Salman, heir to the Saudi throne,
said in an interview late Wednesday: “We export as much as two barrels for any
barrel that disappeared from Iran recently, so we did our job and more.”
Reacting to the remarked by Prince Mohammed, the
Iranian petroleum minister said: “It seems that such remarks were made under
U.S. pressure on Saudi authorities; otherwise in reality, neither Saudis nor
any other countries could replace Iran’s exports.”
“The market and rising prices are the best
evidence of concern that the market is in short supply and is rightly nervous about
the severe shortage of oil in the coming months,” he added.
Mr. Zanganeh further said what the Saudis had
been supplying the market with recently, were not from Riyadh’s spare capacity but
was from tapping its oil stocks.
The Iranian official emphasized that statements
made by any country about the supply of oil to offset shortages caused by Iran’s
oil sanctions, had little or no impact on the market situation, however, had mere
short-term psychological effects and were ultimately aimed at satisfying the
United States and assisting Trump in his imposition of the sanctions against Iran.