BINTANGNEWS.com – Authorities in the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan have opposed exporting oil from the northern fields of Kirkuk via Iran, marking their first escalation of a spat which has started withsecessionist calls.
The Kurdistan regional government further wants to hold a referendum on independence from Iraq on September 25, drawing warnings from Iran and Turkey which view the move “dangerous” and destabilizing to an already volatile region.
Tehran and Baghdad signed a memorandum of understanding in February to study the construction of the pipeline. Iran’s Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh said on Sunday that he had reached agreements with his Iraqi counterpart about an international company that would carry out a feasibility study of the project.***
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