Iran envoy office says no demands for Iraqi oil

Despite statements by a prominent Iranian oil official, Tehran has not hardened its policy on border oil fields and negotiations with Iraq are continuing.

BAGHDAD - Iran's Baghdad embassy said comments by an ex-deputy oil minister demanding war reparations in Iraqi oil were inflamed by media and not official government stance.

Iraqi media recently discovered some controversial published comments, made earlier this year, by Iran's former deputy oil minister, Mohammad Nejad-Hosseinian, who said that Iraq should develop the Iranian side of shared oil fields and compensate Iran for both the actual oil produced and extra for war reparations. A spokesman for the Iranian embassy in Baghdad, however, disavowed Nejad-Hosseinian’s comments and said they did not represent the official position of Tehran.

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