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White House Says Saudis ‘Coerced’ OPEC+ to Cut, Stoking Feud

  • US argued for cartel to wait until December, Kirby says
  • Kirby statement follows Saudi statement defending move
An oil processing facility at the Shaybah oil field in the Rub' Al-Khali desert, also known as the 'Empty Quarter,' in Shaybah, Saudi Arabia.
An oil processing facility at the Shaybah oil field in the Rub' Al-Khali desert, also known as the 'Empty Quarter,' in Shaybah, Saudi Arabia.Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
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The White House accused Saudi Arabia of coercing other OPEC+ countries into agreeing to a huge cut in oil production last week, escalating a dispute with Riyadh over the move.

The US administration had asked the kingdom for a pause that would have effectively delayed expected price increases until after November’s congressional elections.