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Oil prices slid in Asian trade today after nuclear talks over the weekend between major crude producer Iran and world powers eased concerns over West Asian supply, analysts said.
New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate crude for delivery in May, was down 61 cents to $102.22 per barrel while Brent North Sea crude for June shed $1.13 to $120.08 in morning trade.
“Oil has slipped after ‘constructive’ talks between Iran and six of the world’s biggest economic superpowers,” said Mr Justin Harper, market strategist at IG Markets Singapore in a note.
“This has helped take some of the ‘war premium’ out of energy prices,” he added.
Saturday’s nuclear talks between officials from Iran and diplomats from the so-called P5+1 group comprising the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany have largely been described as “positive” by both sides.
However, Western officials have stressed that a great deal was expected of the Islamic republic at the next meeting in Baghdad on May 23.
The talks were aimed at persuading Tehran – the second largest crude producer in OPEC – to halt its controversial nuclear programme, which much of the international community believes is geared towards building an atomic weapon.
Iran has so far insisted that it is enriching uranium for peaceful purposes including cancer treatment.
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