KRG demands say over Kirkuk field

Kurdistan has denounced Baghdad's potential deal for Kirkuk oil development with BP, and reiterated threats to stop exports over nonpayment.
Gas flares burn at the Kirkuk oil field on Jan. 06, 2010. (MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images)

BAGHDAD - Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region has challenged Baghdad's rights to develop the Kirkuk oil field unilaterally and sharpened its threats to cut off crude exports due to payment delays.

"The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) requires the federal Oil Ministry and the North Oil Company to respect the country’s Constitution," the KRG said in a statement Monday afternoon. "Management of oil and gas in Iraq does not fall under the exclusive powers of the federal government."

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