Senators ask for hearing on continued Iraqi oil exports

Two Oklahoma senators have asked for hearings to explore how Iraq has increased its oil production without complying with all United Nations resolutions. Don Nickles and James Inhofe, both Republicans from Oklahoma, asked the energy and foreign relations committees to hold a joint hearing on the issue shortly after the Senate reconvenes this month. They said, "We should not continue to tolerate increased production from Iraq, particularly in light of its continuing refusal to comply with post-war obligations." They said Iraq produces about 2.6 million b/d, almost equal to what it produced before it invaded Kuwait in August 1990. The U.N. oil-for-aid program allows Iraq to sell $5.2...

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