Iran has criticized Saudi Arabia for saying it could increase its oil output if Western sanctions cut oil exports from Iran.
Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Tuesday in an interview with Iran’s Arabic language al-Alam television channel that such signals are “not friendly.”
He was responding to comments by Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi, who said Saudi Arabia could “easily” boost its oil production by 2 million barrels per day in response to “emergencies worldwide.”
Later this month, the European Union is due to discuss a possible embargo on oil imports from Iran, in a move to pressure Tehran over its controversial nuclear program.
Iran’s representative to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said such an embargo would be “economic suicide” for the EU.