The chief representative for Iran in the Biden administration stated that as the US works to impose nuclear penalties, pressure will be increased on China to stop importing Iranian oil.
China is Iran’s primary export market, and talks to discourage Beijing from making purchases are likely to be escalated, according to Robert Malley, the US special envoy for Iran, in an interview with Bloomberg Television on Monday.
In 2018, after withdrawing from a deal intended at limiting the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, the US reinstituted sanctions against the country and its petroleum exports. Tehran has increased uranium enrichment activity in response and limited global monitoring.
Meanwhile, despite Washington’s criticism, Iranian crude shipments have increased recently. The world’s largest importer, China, appears to be receiving a large portion of that oil flood.
According to Malley, the US will take the necessary steps to block the shipment of Iranian oil and prevent other countries from buying it. We have not relaxed any of our sanctions against Iran, particularly with regard to the country’s oil sales.”
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