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Oil prices keep climbing amid US-Iran tensions

Oil prices keep climbing amid US-Iran tensions
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The global benchmark for crude oil rose above $70 a barrel on Monday, marking the first time it has reached that price in over three months, The Associated Press reported Monday. 

The Brent contract for oil reached a high of $70.74 a barrel, according to the AP, the highest price since mid-September, when it spiked briefly following an attack on Saudi crude processing facilities. 

Brent crude was up $1.07 at $69.67 a barrel — a 6 percent increase since before Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani was killed, according to the AP. 

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The latest spike in prices follows a drone strike authorized by President Trump that killed Soleimani, the leader of Iran's elite Quds Force. Iran has vowed revenge for the attacks, while Trump has warned that he would strike back at Iran, including by hitting cultural sites, in the face of a response.

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians reportedly filled the streets of Tehran on Monday for Soleimani’s funeral, with many shouting “death to America” and “down with the USA,” according to multiple reports. 

Fears of a prolonged U.S.-Iran military confrontation have been provoked amid the escalating tensions, with Tehran saying Sunday it would no longer abide by the terms of the international nuclear deal negotiated during the Obama administration. 

Trump is also coming under criticism from Democrats in Congress for not notifying lawmakers in advance of the strikes. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday the House will vote on a resolution to limit Trump’s military action in Iran.