OPEC’s Ultimate Fighter: Iran’s Man Battled Bombs and Sanctions

By Grant Smith
 and Golnar MotevalLL
May 16, 2020, 3:05 PM GMT+3 Updated on May 16, 2020, 7:29 PM GMT+3
 Iran’s envoy to the oil cartel died of a brain hemorrhage
 The diplomat was was first named Iran’s OPEC governor in 1985

He survived a bombing that left him badly wounded, shrugged off accusations of arms smuggling, and defended Iran’s oil interests through war and sanctions. Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, who died on Saturday, was one of the ultimate OPEC negotiators.