The minister addressed Iran's request to discuss US sanctions, stressing that the OPEC was always staying out of political clashes.
"OPEC has always left politics out of its discussion for many, many decades. There is no intent to make out of this protocol that we have in this case," Falih told reporters.
Previously, media reports emerged suggesting that Iran's OPEC governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili asked the organization to include the topic of sanctions on the agenda of the ongoing talks in Vienna.
1Mln Barrel Daily Output Hike
The minister also claimed, that only part of the signatory states to the Vienna oil output cuts deal had capacity to boost oil production.
"Effective production will be based on the countries’ ability to actually produce whatever gets distributed. As we know, some countries are unable to increase production targets as we speak. It is nominally by a million but the increase in production will be less than a million," Falih told reporters ahead of the OPEC talks on taking a decision to decrease the production cut under the Vienna deal.
Earlier in the day, the organization announced that it agreed to scale back the over-compliance with the oil production cut deal to 100 percent, starting in July.
Addressing the move, UAE Energy Minister Suhail Mazrouei said that decision to aim for 100-percent compliance with the oil production cuts agreement corresponds to an output increase of around 1 million barrels a day.
"It would not make sense if we allocated production targets to countries that cannot produce it, so we avoided having allocations… The decision is to target a 100% [conformity]. We didn't mention a number, you can do the math and the report of the JMMC recognizes that there is a difference of around 1 million barrels between 100% and where we are today, it's a little bit less than 1 million to be accurate," he told reporters.
Tehran's Effort to Preserve the Level of Oil Production
Meanwhile, asked if Tehran could theoretically increase oil output in the future, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh stated that preserving current level under US sanctions is the "first priority."
"I’m trying to preserve this current level of production — 3.8 [million barrels per day]… the United States put pressure on us," the minister added.
The OPEC meeting was delayed for over an hour due to the Iranian oil minister holding bilateral meetings with the other ministers, including Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Falih, earlier in the day, according to a Sputnik correspondent.