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In July, First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri said Iran would be looking to offer oil via the stock exchange to counter the U.S. sanctions on the country's oil exports.

There have been speculations tensions around Iran's sanctions have split Trump's administration into two camps.

The first set of sanctions that kicked in on November 7 included Iran's acquisition of USA dollars and the second round which comes into effect on November 4, includes the purchase of petroleum and petroleum products from Iran.

He further said supply of one million barrels of oil at the trade floor of IRENEX would continue with the current trend, and changes could be made if needed in future supplies.

Hedge funds slashed their bullish wagers on US crude in the latest week to the lowest level in more than a year, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Friday. No rates are advertised for the United States dollar and the euro.

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National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) started to sell crude oil at $74.85 per barrel in the worldwide ring of IRENEX on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.in an attempt to beat USA sanctions and let private companies to export crude oil. -China trade dispute will dent economic growth and by signs of rising global supply despite upcoming sanctions against Iran.

The drop in oil exports to one million b/d can potentially bring about even more problems particularly in the absence of proper planning while corruption and mismanagement throughout the system make life even harder for Iranians.

"We are determined to implement our policy of maximum pressure on Iran".

On May 8, President Donald Trump announced he was pulling the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and promised to hit Tehran with sanctions on the country's energy oil and financial sectors despite objections from other parties to the agreement.

However, another opportunity has risen for the government.

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The value of the 280,000 barrels sold on October 28 is about $21 million and the Iranian companies should pay off the 80% of this value through foreign currencies.

On top of demand concerns, all eyes are on any impact from Iranian sanctions that are set to kick in on November 4, with many taking a view that Saudi Arabia and OPEC will pump enough to fill any supply shortages. In dollars, Iran's income has actually declined but in rials, it has increased, enabling the government to pay at least part of its bills. A stronger dollar also increases the price for oil import dependent countries, with India, the Philippines, Indonesia and others particularly vulnerable.

Oil has been caught in the global financial market slump this month, with equities under pressure from the trade fight between the world's two largest economies.

"We're right on the cusp of Iran sanctions taking full effect".

At the same time, officials in the current U.S. administration have claimed the restrictions could be reconsidered if Tehran were to change some of its foreign policies.

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