Iranian Oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari says any attack on Iran will
cause further turmoil in the already volatile crude oil market.
in Madrid, Spain on the sidelines of the World Petroleum Congress
Wednesday, Nozari said Iran will react fiercely if attacked. However,
he said his country would continue to supply the oil market.
U.S. military officer Admiral Michael Mullen said a hypothetical
Israeli attack on Iran would be a high-risk move that could further
destabilize the region.
Reports citing the possibility that
Israel could attack Iranian nuclear facilities have raised concerns
about future Middle Eastern oil supplies. The tension has contributed
to a recent rise in the price of crude oil.
Prices rose above
$142 a barrel during trading in New York today following a U.S.
government report that U.S. oil inventories unexpectedly fell last week.
Prices are still below the record high of $143.67 per barrel, which was reached Monday.
the retail price for gasoline in the United States has risen to a new
record high. It now costs an average of $1.08 a liter ($4.09 a gallon)
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Bloomberg.