US Officials Pushing for Sanctions on China Over Iranian Oil Imports, Trade Talks Be Damned

Parts of Trump admin determined to have the Empire bite off more than it can chew

Senior administration officials now agree that China defied U.S. sanctions when it imported more than a million barrels of crude oil from Iran last month. But they are grappling with whether — and how — to hit back, according to three U.S. officials.

The State Department had considered issuing a waiver allowing Chinese companies to receive Iranian oil as payment in kind for their investment in an Iranian oil field, but that idea has been abandoned. China hawks on the National Security Council are now pushing for the U.S. to impose secondary sanctions on Chinese entities, a move that would complicate trade talks between the two countries and further strain the relationship.

The Trump administration has been pushing to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero as part of its policy of “maximum pressure” on Tehran amid the worsening standoff over Iran’s nuclear program. It has had some success in persuading [“persuading”??] several of Iran’s largest consumers — India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey — to curb their purchases.

But Beijing is a tougher customer. In June, a tanker carrying up to a million barrels of Iranian oil docked near the Chinese port city of Qingdao, drawing complaints from Republican lawmakers, who demanded the Trump administration pressure China to stop. China has also reportedly welcomed a second batch of Iranian oil since its previous waiver expired in May — this one a 2-million barrel shipment that docked in Tianjin. [Also gas.]

China’s continuing defiance would seem to undercut the Trump administration’s claim that its efforts to squeeze Iran are working. In a recent speech, national security adviser John Bolton announced that “all significant reduction exceptions on Iranian oil sales have gone to zero.”

Source: Politico



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Nick Rhynes
Nick Rhynes
19 days ago

I’m surprised more countries aren’t flouting these ridiculous sanctions. China and Russia in particular look weak falling inline with the dotard’s ludicrous attacks on Iran.

James Willy
James Willy
19 days ago

Hope XI keeps PLA Men on the ships ready to repel these scum trying to hijack the ships.
Would be a great headline.
*PLA Kills marines trying to board ship.*
Xi should grow a spine and give it a try. I know thats what I’d do.

jm74
jm74
19 days ago

US sanctions should be ignored by a majority if not all, only way to stop US rogue actions and attempting to take on the UN mantle by sabotaging agreements and international law.

JNDillard
JNDillard
19 days ago

China must know that if it does not cave that it will have made a deep and lasting friend with Iran. Iran will never forget the support of China when everyone else turned their backs on it. That will forever move Iran out of reach of Western control.

Séamus Ó Néill
Séamus Ó Néill
19 days ago

How can any country be in such a rush to the bottom of the pile, to the insignificance of third world status. Are these morons that “run” the American regime so unintelligent and feckless that they’re oblivious to world opinion. These illegal sanctions and trade wars are actual war crimes and one day soon, will be treated as such. These satanic psychopaths, engaged in paedophilia and human trafficking and other demonic crimes….too base to mention, will be brought to task….sooner or later, but they will be held to account !

Mary E
19 days ago

Oh Yes! They absolutely will be held to account…..they are bordering on self destruction now and want to take the rest of the world with them….

Vish
Vish
19 days ago

Lost in this entire issue is the minor little inconvenience called international law and the fact that *unilateral* sanctions like those that America routinely slaps on other nations is a violation of the United Nations charter.

But then again, America specializes in raping international law–all the while posturing as a defender of the rule of law.

Nick Rhynes
Nick Rhynes
16 days ago
Reply to  Vish

Just depends on who is making the rules, haha

Mary E
16 days ago
Reply to  Vish

So True! The total and absolute Rogue State

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