Now that there are no sanctions on buyers of Iranian oil, the United States will authorize any imports of crude oil from Iran, said Friday the U.S. special envoy on Iran Brian hook , repeating comments made last month amid reports that China has already imported its first cargo of crude oil from Iran, which violates U.S. sanctions.
“We’re going to authorize any imports of Iranian crude oil,” said hook in London, reports Reuters.
Last month, hook said the United States will impose sanctions on any country that tries to buy Iranian oil after may 2 was the deadline for sanctions, regardless of whether or not the specified country’s limit of negotiations in the framework of the exceptions, noting previous comments that led to speculation the U.S. will allow countries that had not yet reached its limit Iran’s imports to continue to buy oil from Iran until they reach this limit.
Speaking today, hook repeated his comments from the end of may, saying that Reuters reports:
“We will sanction any illegal purchases of Iranian crude oil.”
Hook also said that the U.S. will investigate reports that Iranian tankers with crude oil departed and arrived in China after the United States lifted all sanctions lifted for all Iranian consumers of crude oil, including the largest buyer, China.
Earlier this week, analysis TankerTrackers showed that Iran delivered the first crude oil to a Chinese refinery, as the United States took off may all sanctions for consumers of Iranian oil.
According TankerTrackers, may 28, came the ship of medium size Suezmax called SALINA, owned by the National Iranian tanker company (NITC), which has been downloaded about 1 million barrels of crude oil from Iran. Refining and chemical complex in China Jinxi is the first independent confirmation of tracking the tankers that China ignores US sanctions against oil exports from Iran.