China still importing Iran’s oil despite US bans

China has condemned Washington’s use of sanctions against other states, designating them as a form of “bullying”.

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This file photo taken on March 12, 2017 shows a view of an Iranian oil facility in the Khark Island in the Persian Gulf. (AFP photo)

This file photo taken on March 12, 2017 shows a view of an Iranian oil facility in the Khark Island in the Persian Gulf. (AFP photo)

Data provided by China’s customs authorities shows the country has largely defied US sanctions on Iran by continuing to import oil from the country even afterWashington ended exemptions given to Beijing for buying Iran’s crude in May.

Data published by China’s General Administration of Customs on Saturday showed that the country had imported some 208,205 barrels per day (bpd) of Iran’s oil in June.

That comes as Beijing was supposed to cut its crude imports from Iran to zero as demanded by a series of illegal sanctions imposed by the United States which seeks to force Iran into new concessions over its nuclear and missile programs.

Washington has been expecting Beijing to halt imports from Iran after waivers granted to China and several other…

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