13:52 GMT24 June 2021
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    Iran’s oil industry will remain profitable even if oil prices drop to $8 per barrel, acting Deputy Petroleum Minister Masoud Hashemian Esfahani told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Iran’s oil industry will remain profitable despite the unstable oil prices:

    "In our experience on oil, it is under 8 dollars (profitability)," Esfahani said on the sidelines of a conference in Moscow. 

    Iran also supports dialogue based on strengthening the global oil market:

    "Iran supports any negotiations that are able to strive the market, and this market is not good for producers and consumers… many producers want the world oil market to be stronger."

    A global oversupply of oil that led to a 70-percent tailspin in prices over the last year and a half led to efforts between OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers to cut back output and control the downturn. On Tuesday, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said Tehran was ready for dialogue with Riyadh and OPEC member states despite Saudi-Iranian sectarian tensions.

    According to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), Iran, one of OPEC's leading producers, increased its daily output by 80,000 barrels in January. Top OPEC producer Saudi Arabia posted a 70,000-increase in output that month.

    Iran re-emerged in the international arena, including in oil trade, after international sanctions against the Islamic republic were lifted on January 16 after the International Atomic Energy Agency verified Tehran’s compliance with last summer’s agreement.

    The July 2015 nuclear agreement required Iran to significantly cut back its stockpiles and ensure the peaceful nature of its nuclear program in exchange for the termination of anti-Iran sanctions.

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