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Iran said Friday a U.S. request for Saudi Arabia to pump more oil so that it could cover a drop in Iranian exports was "crazy and astonishing" and said the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries would not heed the request, setting the stage for a tough OPEC meeting this month. Iran, Saudi Arabia's archrival, has a history of raising challenges in OPEC meetings. Iran has called on OPEC to discuss what it called "illegal" sanctions at the next meeting on June 22, which is intended to debate production policies.Iran's Kazempour predicted OPEC would not heed the U.S. request and said oil prices would jump in response to Washington's sanctions on Iran and Venezuela, as they did during a previous round of U.S. sanctions against Iran.
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