OPEP: Irão sugere fim da transação de petroleo em Dólares

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OPEP: Irão sugere fim da transação de petroleo em Dólares
« em: Novembro 19, 2007, 02:42:42 pm »
Tehran tells OPEC to Dump the Dollar, Caracas agrees


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has suggested an end to the trading of oil in US dollars, calling the currency "a worthless piece of paper".

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"The main event of the summit was Iran's suggestion that the dollar be replaced as the main currency for the oil market. Venezuela was in favor of that proposal, but all other members rejected it, since their economies are tied to the dollar. Thus, Iran and Venezuela failed to turn OPEC into an anti-American political bloc. But all the members agreed that $100 per barrel is still a low price for oil."

His comments at the end of a rare summit of OPEC heads of state exposed fissures within the 13-member cartel — especially after U.S. ally Saudi Arabia was reluctant to mention concerns about the falling dollar in the summit's final declaration.
The Iranian leader's comments also highlighted the growing challenge that Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil producer, faces from Iran and its ally Venezuela within the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
"They get our oil and give us a worthless piece of paper," Ahmadinejad told reporters after the close of the summit in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. He blamed President Bush's policies for the decline of the dollar and its negative effect on other countries.
Oil is priced in U.S. dollars on the world market, and the currency's depreciation has concerned oil producers because it has contributed to rising crude prices and has eroded the value of their dollar reserves.
"All participating leaders showed an interest in changing their hard-currency reserves to a credible hard currency," Ahmadinejad said. "Some said producing countries should designate a single hard currency aside from the U.S. dollar ... to form the basis of our oil trade."
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez echoed this sentiment Sunday on the sidelines of the summit, saying "the empire of the dollar has to end."
"Don't you see how the dollar has been in free-fall without a parachute?" Chávez said, calling the euro a better option.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah had tried to direct the focus of the summit toward studying the effect of the oil industry on the environment, but he continuously faced challenges from Ahmadinejad and Chávez.
Iran and Venezuela have proposed trading oil in a basket of currencies to replace the historic link to the dollar, but they had not been able to generate support from enough fellow OPEC members — many of whom, including Saudi Arabia, are staunch U.S. allies.
Both Iran and Venezuela have antagonistic relationships with the U.S., suggesting that their proposals may have a political motivation as well.
While Tehran has been in a standoff with Washington over its nuclear program, Chávez is a bitter antagonist of Bush's. U.S. sanctions on Iran also have made it increasingly difficult for the country to do business in dollars.

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