Iran says independent OPEC repels meddlers

June 9, 2011 17:10


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VIENNA - Saudi Arabia was swayed by pressure from the West to push for higher OPEC oil output, Iran said after it rallied other members to resist the move and the group's Wednesday meeting fell apart.

Refuting Saudi accusations of obstinacy in the bitter aftermath, OPEC governor Mohammad Ali Khatibi told Reuters on Thursday that Iran had stood up for the group's independence.

Consumer countries including the United States had urged OPEC to supply more oil to stop high oil prices derailing economic recovery. Khatibi questioned the motives of Saudi Arabia in echoing that call.

"Perhaps there is a pressure on them," Khatibi said in an interview. "Some consumer countries may have exerted pressure on them or they had special demands."

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