Iranian OPEC Governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili told Reuters that Trump "should have expected" when blocking Iran's access to the global markets that it would end up as "hostage (to) Saudi Arabia and Russia", who he said had little vested interest in bringing down prices.
That was the message from United Arab Emirates Energy Minister Suhail Al Mazrouei after being asked about US President Donald Trump's call for the group to do more.
Trump has lashed out at OPEC producers to reduce prices, making a claim - later backtracked by the White House - in a tweet on Saturday that Saudi Arabia had agreed to increase oil output by up to 2 million barrels.
Oil futures are trading near three-year highs as disruptions in Canada and Libya, along with slumping production in Venezuela and a USA call for allies to stop buying from Iran, have overshadowed a pledge by OPEC and allies to add 1 million barrels a day. At the time, Saudi Arabia's Khalid al-Falih said the number was "nominal" since not all OPEC members had the spare capacity to boost production.
Trump has accused OPEC in recent weeks of driving gasoline prices higher and stepped up pressure on US ally Saudi Arabia to raise supplies to compensate for lower exports from Iran. OPEC is seeking a balance between supply and demand, not targeting a crude price, he said. The kingdom was also said to have increased daily output by about half a million barrels in June.
Mazrouei said he did not anticipate needing to call any extraordinary meeting of OPEC member countries before a scheduled meeting in December.