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Energy Minister Perry Expects "Coalition Efforts" To Stop Iran's "Malicious Activities"



U.S. Energy Minister Rick Perry said it was time to form a coalition of countries to tackle Iran's innovative activities.

"It is time for a coalition of experienced and thought-provoking and energy-producing countries to gather and stop Iran's malicious activity," Perry told CNBC's Squawk on the Street on Monday.

Perry's comments follow a series of drone attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities that have caused the largest disruption in world oil supply in history.

Over the weekend, an oil processing facility in Abqaiq and the nearby Hurays oil field was attacked, knocking down 5.7 million barrels or half of its daily crude oil production. The attacks caused Brent's crude futures and US West West Intermediate (WTI) futures to increase.

Although it has not been confirmed that Iran is responsible for the drone attack, a Saudi-led military coalition said Monday that the attack on Saudi oil plants was carried out by Iranian weapons and did not originate in Yemen, according to preliminary findings .

President Donald Trump suggested Iran play a role in the attack, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the drone strikes, saying that on Saturday in Iran, Iran launched an "unprecedented attack on world energy supplies." Perry's comments to CNBC echoed a similar assumption about Iran's involvement.

"It is time around the world to spend the message that Iran cannot be allowed to act the way they do. They are attacking oil supplies to try to disrupt the global economy," Perry said.

"I think there will be coalition efforts, and our friends in the Middle East who understand that there is a crazy neighbor is a real problem," he added.

futures, the international indicator, rose 1

0.5% to $ 66.58 a barrel. Futures rose 10% to $ 60.43 on Monday.

After the attack, Trump authorized the release of oil from the Strategic Oil Reserve (SPR), the nation's emergency oil reserve. Perry said it was too early to say whether the US would have to use its emergency crude reserves to offset the rise in oil prices.


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