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Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk refuses to cooperate with any plans to ship its oil to neighboring Iran because the central government didn't consult with it on the matter, Kirkuk provincial officials said.Kirkuk won't cooperate with the central government to ship its oil to refineries in neighboring Iran as the federal authorities didn't seek its input, Ahmad al-Askari, head of the energy committee at the Kirkuk provincial council, said by phone from London.Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaibi agreed a few days ago with his Iranian counterpart to study plans to build a pipeline to ship Kirkuk oil to a refinery in Iran. Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency reported on July 29 that Iraq would transfer oil to Kermanshah and Tabriz refineries, citing a preliminary agreement between the two nations.
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