The United States has blocked three dozen Iranian websites, according to the Justice Department, in a move that may inflame tensions between the countries and hamper the progress of nuclear negotiations. The United States said the move was a response to Tehran’s “blatant attempts” to spread disinformation and mislead American voters.
Iran previously raised the possibility that talks to reactivate the 2015 nuclear deal, which limited the Islamic Republic’s atomic activities in exchange for relief from US sanctions, could be extended beyond August, when President Hassan Rouhani will be replaced by a hard-line judge, Ebrahim Raisi.
Diplomats from Iran, the United States, the European Union and other powers ended their latest round of negotiations in Vienna on Sunday and have not said when they will meet again. US Seizes 36 Iranian Websites, Including State Media Iran Raises Chance Of Nuclear Talks Slipping Towards Raisi Government An Oil Market Guide To What’s Next In Iran’s Nuclear Talks.
Oil rose in Asian trading after an industry report showed another drop in US crude stocks, adding to a bullish outlook. Futures in New York were trading close to $ 73 a barrel, while Brent rose above $ 75.
The OPEC + cartel is scheduled to meet next week to discuss its production policy and some nations, notably Russia, may push for increased production. An increase in crude oil flows from Iran will be delayed as nuclear talks drag on. Still, the uncertainty is complicating OPEC + calculations.