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Iran Urges OPEC to Rebuff 'Threats' From Trump

◢ Iran on Sunday called on its OPEC partners not to bow to "threats" from US President Donald Trump, as the oil cartel prepared to meet to discuss output levels. "I hope the outcome of this meeting will not be affected by President Trump's threats," Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh told SHANA, his ministry's news agency.

France's Total Has Officially Left Iran: Oil Minister

◢ French energy giant Total has officially quit its multi-billion-dollar gas project in Iran, Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on Monday, following the reimposition of US sanctions. "Total has officially left the agreement for the development of phase 11 of South Pars (gas field)," he told parliament's news agency ICANA, adding that it had been more than two months since the French firm announced it would leave.

OPEC Rift Deepens as Iran Walks Out of Key Meeting

◢ Iran's oil minister walked out of a key meeting with OPEC peers on Thursday, as a rift deepened with regional rival Saudi over its push to ramp up the cartel's oil output. "I do not think we can reach an agreement," Bijan Namdar Zanganeh told reporters at his Vienna hotel after storming out of talks with a group of ministers on the eve of a crucial OPEC meet.

OPEC Braces for Tough Vienna Talks on Hiking Oil Output

◢ Iran's oil minister on Tuesday said his country would resist unwinding a landmark OPEC agreement to cap oil production, and blamed US President Donald Trump for pushing up crude prices. "I don't believe in this meeting we can reach agreement," Bijan Namdar Zanganeh told reporters in Vienna ahead of the crucial talks.

Iran Sets Sanctions Waiver Deadline for Oil Giant Total

◢ Iran's oil minister on Wednesday gave French energy giant Total 60 days to win a sanctions waiver from Washington or it would lose its stake in a multi-billion-dollar gas project. "Total has 60 days to negotiate with the US government," said Bijan Zanganeh, according to the oil ministry's Shana news agency. 

Iran Wary as EU Presents Measures to Save Nuclear Deal

◢ Iran said Saturday it would wait to see whether Europe produces tangible results in overcoming US sanctions before deciding whether to stay in the nuclear deal, as a top EU official visited Tehran to present plans to maintain trade ties. "The ball is in the court of the EU. They have presented different proposals, we will see if they materialize," Iran's Atomic Energy Organization head Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters.

Iran Says China Group Ready to Replace Total on Gas Deal

◢ Chinese state-owned oil company CNPC will replace Total on a major gas field project in Iran if the French energy giant pulls out over renewed US sanctions against Tehran, Iran's oil minister has said. Total started the USD 4.8-billion South Pars 11 project in July 2017, two years after Western powers signed a nuclear deal with Tehran prompting the return of many businesses to Iran.