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By Alex LawlerLONDON (Reuters) - Iran said on Friday a U.S. request for Saudi Arabia to pump more oil so that it could cover a drop in Iranian exports was "crazy and astonishing" and said OPEC would not heed the appeal, setting the stage for a tough OPEC meeting this month.Iran, Saudi Arabia's arch-rival, has a history of raising challenges in OPEC meetings. In 2015, Tehran refused to sign up to OPEC policies, saying it needed to hike output due to the easing of sanctions after a nuclear accord with world powers.U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of that nuclear deal last month and ...

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 18:09 IST
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