U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a speech on Monday that the United States has sanctioned the China’s state-run energy company Zhuhai Zhenrong Co Ltd for allegedly violating restrictions imposed on Iran’s oil sector.
This decision comes when tensions between Iran and the West, as well as between the United States and China, have revived important trade talks.
The government of the republican president of the United States, Donald Trump, reinforced his sanctions against Iran after the rupture of the nuclear pact between Tehran and other western countries under the previous democratic government of president Barack Obama.
The United States reimposed sanctions on Iran in November after pulling out of a 2015 nuclear accord between Tehran and six world powers.
Last month the U.S. special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, said Washington will sanction any country that continued to import Iranian oil and warned that it would look at reports of Iranian crude going to China.
According to data from government and trade sources, Asia’s crude oil imports from Iran fell in May to the lowest in at least five years after China and India wound down purchases amid U.S. sanctions, while Japan and South Korea halted imports.
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