CNBC’s Steve Sedgwick reports from Vienna that Iran’s oil minister took a “dovish” stance on production.
“Our policy always has been cooperation and being a reliable supplier of the energy for the world. We have maintained that policy and there has not been any change in that policy,” Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh, Iran’s oil minister told CNBC through an interpreter.
Sedgwick said a confrontation between the United States and Iran over Tehran’s effort to develop nuclear weapons could create a “supply-side shock” in world oil markets.
OPEC ministers are meeting in Vienna and are expected to maintain production at current levels of about 25.8 million barrels a day. However, it appears OPEC members are producing about 700,000 barrels a day above the quota.