Iran's Oil Minister has said “important changes” have been made to OPEC in a way that decisions made by the organisation can no longer be influenced from outside OPEC.

Iran Press/Iran news: Bijan Namdar Zangeneh made the comment to reporters on the sidelines of a weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

He said Iran achieved all of its objectives and demands at the 176th OPEC Meeting in Vienna, adding that the most important objective of the meeting was to safeguard the authority of OPEC, Mehr news agency reported.

“Decisions need to be made with consensus inside OPEC, not imposed from the outside,” he stressed.

Zangeneh said he raised these concerns with participating ministers at the ministerial meeting, which ultimately proved to be effective.

He said the most important effect of raising these concerns was the charter of cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC members, saying “some important conceptual changes have happened in OPEC. I don’t think there is any chance for an outside decision to be imposed on OPEC from now on.”

Elsewhere, he stressed that there will be no negotiations with the US under sanctions. “If they want to see any change, they have to remove the sanctions first,” he said.

On Monday, Iran's oil minister reiterated that as long as the US sanctions remain against Iran, he foresees no chance for Tehran and Washington to mend their fractured relationship.

Zangeneh made the remarks in an interview with CNBC's Brian Sullivan on the sideline of Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting in Vienna.

"Then they will see a significant change in the environment and then we can do many things," Iran's oil minister stressed.  101/211/213

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