08:53 GMT +317 November 2019
Listen Live
    A picture taken on January 18, 2016 shows vehicles driving on a street in front of the Azadi Tower in the capital Tehran

    Iran Playing 'Chess' With US by Moving Away From the Petrodollar

    © AFP 2019 / ATTA KENARE
    Get short URL

    Iran has decided to conduct its oil trade in euros, not US dollars, unconfirmed reports have suggested. Economic analyst Shabbir Razvi told Radio Sputnik that Tehran is apparently playing a "delicate" chess game with Washington.

    "Iran is trying to make its relationship with the US and the world more amiable than it has been in recent past. However, at the same time Iran does not want the US to become any stronger. This is really a chess game the Iranians are playing vis-à-vis the US," Director of the International Dialogue Foundation in London noted.

    Iran's oil contracts in euros already include recently signed deals with French Total, Russia's Lukoil and Spanish Cepsa, an unnamed source in state-owned National Iranian Oil Company told Reuters on Friday.

    The underlying logic behind Iran's decision is simple: if Tehran moves away from the petrodollar, the US will have less control over the oil market. At the moment, the US dollar is the currency for any multinational commodity transactions, particularly for oil trade.

    "It is literally the only reason that the dollar and the US economy are stable," the analyst observed.

    However, in the last five years global transactions in dollars have significantly decreased. "It used to be 90 percent, now it is 60 percent," Razvi detailed. As a result, "the glamour and the luster" of the dollar, as the analyst put it, is on the decline.

    Razvi also pointed out that Western financial elites "need the petrodollar system" and they are willing to use measures of last resort, even military campaigns, to protect the status quo. Tehran is well aware of the implications of its decision, so it is playing a "delicate chess game" with the US.

    "Saddam Hussein began selling oil in euros and we know what happened to Iraq after 2001."

    Libya pummeled by Tuesday night NATO airstrikes
    © Sputnik /
    Libya pummeled by Tuesday night NATO airstrikes

    Similar fate awaited Libya's late leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was killed after a NATO-led intervention threw the country into chaos. Gaddafi was a staunch advocate of introducing a new currency, the gold dinar, to rival the US dollar and the euro. "The US and its allies bombed [Libya] into oblivion and changed the regime there," the analyst noted. 

    Nevertheless, Razvi emphasized that chances of US launching an attack on Iran are slim.


    Lucrative Cooperation: European Oil Firms Queuing to Work With Iran
    Golden Triangle: Iran, China, Russia to Drive the World Away From Dollar
    Oil Diplomacy: Can Riyadh's Bluff Convince Moscow to Step Aside in Syria?
    Petrol in UAE Cheaper Than Drinking Water
    oil trade, de-dollarization, petroleum, euro, dollar, Iran, United States
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik