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Kuwait's Durra gas dispute puts Iran in new showdown with Gulf rivals

The issue has added to a list of already existing tensions between Iran and other Persian Gulf states, with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia upping the rhetoric over the past year, denying any Iranian share in the vast reserve.
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TEHRAN — A senior Iranian official warned on Friday that his country will conduct exploration at the disputed Durra gas field in the Persian Gulf if Kuwait unilaterally does so, as the lingering issue between the two countries remains unresolved. 

"We are the party who discovered the field, and Iran does have a share," said Vice President for Legal Affairs Mohammad Dehghan, as cited by the state-affiliated ISNA News Agency. 

The comments came as Kuwait has, on multiple recent occasions, officially denied any Iranian ownership in the intact energy reservoir, which is known as Arash in Iran. 

The Persian Gulf field contains an estimated 220 billion cubic meters of natural gas and is located on Kuwait's eastern maritime border. Iran has no border with Kuwait, but it says part of the reserves remain within its territorial waters. 

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