국제 원유가격이 원유공급의 차질에 관한 우려 때문에 지난 해 허리케인 카트리나가 미국 남부지역을 강타했을 당시의 가격에 육박하는 수준으로 급등했습니다.

27일, 뉴욕 현물거래소에서 서부 텍사스산 중질유 2월 인도분 가격이 1배럴 당 67달러 30센트까지 올랐습니다. 원유거래 전문가들은 원유생산국 나이지리아의 정치불안정과 이란 핵문제를 분쟁의 교착상태를 원유가격 급등의 원인으로 지적하고 있습니다.

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 International concerns about a disruption in oil supplies have pushed crude oil prices up more than one-dollar a barrel, approaching the record set last year when Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. Gulf Coast. Prices for a barrel of oil for future delivery hit 67-dollars and 30-cents in mid-day trading in New York today (Friday).

Analysts say the rally is due to political unrest in Nigeria and the standoff over Iran's nuclear program. The International Atomic Energy Agency is set to meet next Thursday to discuss Iran's nuclear ambitions, as the U.S., France and Britain seek to refer Tehran to the United Nations Security Council for possible sanctions.

The jump in prices comes days before OPEC meets in Vienna (Tuesday) to discuss cutting production quotas, as Iran, the cartel's second largest producer, has suggested. But Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister (Ali al-Naimi) says the 11-nation group will likely keep current production levels unchanged.