Al-Ulum said on 12 December that initially, the focus will be on boosting production from existing fields, then Iraq would embark on developing new fields.
He was speaking to reporters in Kuwait where he was attending an OPEC oil producers' meeting.
The minister said security for thousands of kilometers of pipelines, which have been the target of attacks by insurgents, has improved in southern Iraq, where there has not been an attack in 11 months.
He said the ministry has a new plan to deal with repeated attacks in Iraq's north, and this will be implemented after the country's 15 December legislative elections.
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