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U.S. Sanctions Chinese Company For Importing Iranian Oil

CHINA -- FILE PHOTO: An oil tanker unloads crude oil at a crude oil terminal in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province, China July 4, 2018. Picture taken July 4, 2018.

The United States has imposed sanctions on a Chinese company for transporting Iranian oil, a move that violates U.S. sanctions on Tehran.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on July 22 that Chinese company Zhuhai Zhenrong and one of its executives knowingly violated U.S. sanctions banning the import of Iranian oil.

"As part of that maximum pressure campaign, I am announcing that the United States is imposing sanctions on the Chinese entity Zhuhai Zhenrong and its chief executive Youmin Li," Pompeo said in a speech in the U.S. city of Orlando on July 22. "They violated U.S. law by accepting crude oil."

China was one of eight countries originally granted sanctions waivers that expired in May and have not been renewed by Washington.

Last year, U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers that curbed Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.

Since then, Trump has reimpsoed tough economic sanctions on Iran's key industries, including its crucial oil and financial sectors.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP