Iranian First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri highlighted the reasons behind the recent surge in oil prices and said US President Donald Trump wrongly thought that Saudi Arabia was able to replace the reduced share of Iran in global oil markets, Tasnim News Agency-ΥΆ:

Addressing a ceremony in Tehran on Sunday to mark the World Standards Day, Jahangiri referred to the US sanctions on Iran’s oil and non-oil sectors and said, “In the current economic war against Iran, the enemies’ goal is to minimize the country’s sources of income.”

They are seeking to prevent the imports of basic commodities—including raw materials—to Iran, and they want people to protest against the government, he said.

“Trump thinks that the Saudis can make up for Iran’s [lost] oil, but they cannot,” Es’haq Jahangiri added. “And now oil prices have risen.”