BAGHDAD, July 29 Iraq's Kurdish region has the
right to keep selling oil as long as the Baghdad government
keeps cutting its budget, the head of the Kurdish parliament's
energy committee said on Tuesday, as an oil cargo off Texas was
set to be seized at Baghdad's request.
"The KRG (Kurdish Regional Government) has the right to sell
oil if Baghdad continues to cut KRG's budget, disrupt the
livelihood of its people and impose an embargo," Sherko Jawdat
U.S. authorities were set on Tuesday to seize a cargo of
crude worth more than $100 million from Iraqi Kurdistan anchored
off the Texas coast after a judge approved a request from
Baghdad, raising the stakes in the oil dispute between Iraq's
central government and the Kurdish autonomous region.
(Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Kevin Liffey)