Iranian oil minister calls Trump's order to OPEC insulting

Iranian oil minister calls Trump's order to OPEC insulting

Iran's oil minister on Saturday accused U.S. President Donald Trump of insulting OPEC by ordering it to increase production and reduce prices, adding Iranian oil production and exports had not changed as a result of U.S. pressure, CNBC reported.

Trump accused on Wednesday the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries of driving fuel prices higher, and urged U.S. allies such as Saudi Arabia to pump more if they wanted Washington to continue protecting them against their top foe Iran.

"Mr Trump sends every day a new message that creates uncertainty in the market," Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said in an interview with state television. Trump's order to OPEC members to increase production is a great insult to those governments and nations, and destabilises the market."

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