Iraq reveals US-Iranian talks on the "oil-for-goods"
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Washington's stated policy is to reduce Iran's oil exports to zero. US government sources denied to Arab News that there was any agreement to allow the sale of limited quantities of oil. However, a senior Iraqi official familiar with what he described as "ongoing talks" said the deal was "a goodwill gesture by the Americans to defuse tensions between the two countries, although they are still in their infancy."
"The main goal of the Americans is to prevent Iranians from getting any cash," said another Iraqi official familiar with the talks.
He added that the agreement will allow the Americans to control everything, including the volume of Iranian crude oil source and type of imported goods, and make sure not to pay any cash, pointing out that "this will paralyze the Iranians and forced them to abandon the armed factions that finance them and keep them busy in the internal situation of Iran" .
The initial deal is believed to have been carried out by Iranian oil minister Bijan Zangane during an undeclared visit to Iraq a month ago. The agreement is not yet complete, because details of the volume of oil to be sold and the main commodity and the type of goods to be imported are still under discussion.
"The Iranians have suggested that a European country be one of the major buyers of oil, but the Americans have refused, and so far it is certain that Iraq will be the transit area for exchanges so that the US can closely monitor the Iranians' commitment," one source said.