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One of the most fervent advocates of new regulations on fuel consumption in Iran says a series of public protests in the wake of a recent hike in the price of subsidized gasoline had other social reasons.
Iran says it has managed to foil the enemies' plot to blow up the country’s oil pipelines in Asalouyeh, apparently hatched in retaliation for Yemeni forces’ September attack on Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil facilities.
A senior Iranian official says cash subsidies to improve the Iranian people’s livelihoods have been paid to some 60 million citizens in the past few days after gasoline prices were tripled.
The recent decision to triple the fuel prices, which has caused sporadic protests across the country, was discussed on Saturday in a meeting of the Supreme Council of Economic Coordination.
Sporadic protests have erupted in various Iranian cities on Saturday one day after gasoline prices were tripled without any earlier announcement.
The Namavaran oilfield recently discovered in Khuzestan Province, south-west of Iran, is the country's second largest reservoir, Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Namdar Zangeneh said.
The Iranian president says a large new oil field with proven reserves of 53 billion barrels of crude has been discovered in the country.