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US envoy on Iran warns of sanctions against countries importing Iranian oil

“There are right now no oil waivers in place,” stated U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook. “We will sanction any illicit purchases of Iranian crude oil.”

U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook at the announcement of the creation of the Iran Action Group in the Press Briefing Room at the Department of State, Aug. 16, 2018. Credit: U.S. Department of State/Flickr.
U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook at the announcement of the creation of the Iran Action Group in the Press Briefing Room at the Department of State, Aug. 16, 2018. Credit: U.S. Department of State/Flickr.

U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook warned on Friday that any country importing Iranian oil will be sanctioned by the United States.

“We will sanction any imports of Iranian crude oil,” he told reporters in London.

“There are right now no oil waivers in place,” he added. “We will sanction any illicit purchases of Iranian crude oil.”

In early May, the Trump administration ended temporary waivers to allow countries to import Iranian oil.

Hook’s warning came as China said that it would defy U.S. sanctions and import Iranian oil.

“We reject the unilateral imposition of sanctions,” said Fu Cong, director general of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Department of Arms Control.

“For us, energy security is important and the importation of oil is important to Chinese energy security, and also to the livelihood of the people,” he emphasized.

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