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Trump and Iran might lift oil prices, for now

Don't bet against the president's imminent Iran decision lifting oil prices. But don't expect the rally to last either

Predicting what a stable genius will do next is no easy thing. But now the oil market must wait again on Donald Trump, who will decide this week what to do about US participation in the Iran nuclear deal. The timing of his decision, due on 12 January, whether to decertify the agreement again is awkward—for Trump, Iran and the oil market. Trump's fighting his own local fires, including the fallout from Michael Wolff's fly-on-the-wall book, the Russia investigation and North Korea. Protestors in Iran remain on the streets, despite the Revolutionary Guard's claim to have suppressed the unrest. And the oil market, after a lengthy rally, has paused for breath. Brent was trading in London at alm

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