Oil industry sees mixed signals on US Iran policy

US oil companies hoping to invest in Iran continue to receive mixed signals from the White House and congressional officials.A White House official who spoke to the American Iranian Council (AIC) last month stressed the White House wants to see an improved relationship with Iran, according to industry officials. But while National Security Council advisor Zalmay Khalilzad avoided the controversial "axis of evil" label made by President George W. Bush, he also made it clear the US remains frustrated with Iran's conservative "Supreme Leader" Ayatollah Khamenei for ignoring the clear wishes of elected officials, industry officials said.In January, President Bush linked Iran with North Ko...

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