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South Korea Rejects Reports Of Iranian Oil Import Suspension

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"The embassy of the Republic of Korea denies any claims that it would not lift any Iranian crude and condensate in July," Xinhua reported on Saturday, after last week Reuters quoted sources as saying Iran’s third-largest oil importer had announced it would stop buying crude from it in anticipation of U.S. sanctions against Tehran.

"The Korean government is negotiating with the United States to get exemptions from the restrictions on Iranian oil purchases," the embassy also said in its statement.

South Korea has been importing Iranian crude at a daily rate of some 296,000 bpd since late March (the start of the Iranian year) and is one of several importers that are trying to win waivers for Iranian crude shipments from Washington.

For now, the chances of these waivers being granted remain slim, although a senior State Department official last week said Washington may deal with such requests on a case by case basis, suggesting that there may be some space for negotiations.

Last Friday, unnamed sources told Reuters that the Korean government had pressured refiners into suspending orders for July shipments of Iranian crude, which is the first time this has happened since 2012.

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Earlier this month, Reuters also reported that South Korea had upped crude oil imports from Kazakhstan, already looking for alternative supplies as the November 4 deadline for the sanctions draws nearer.

South Korea is the world’s fifth-largest crude oil importer, and diversity of supplies is vital. The last time there were sanctions against Iran, South Korea managed to score a waiver by pledging to cut the amount of crude it buys from Tehran.

Now, however, Washington is set on reducing Iran’s oil exports to zero, which is making all of its Asian allies unhappy. Japan is also trying to find a way around a complete cut of Iranian imports, and so is India.

By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com

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  • Mamdouh G Salameh on July 09 2018 said:
    Not only president Trump is waging a psychological warfare to give the impression that US sanctions against Iran will virtually lead to a loss of 1 million barrels of oil a day (mbd) from Iran’s exports but also Western media is doing its utmost to fake news purporting that major oil importers of Iranian crude like Japan, India and South Korea have already decided to stop imports of Iranian crude.

    Nothing is further from the truth. First India announced that it doesn’t recognize any sanctions but UN sanctions and that it will not only ignore US sanctions on Iran but will continue to import Iranian crude.

    Now the South Korean Embassy in Tehran has denied that South Korea would stop buying crude from Iran in anticipation of US sanctions.

    A heavy weight like Japan is also trying to find a way around a complete cut of Iranian imports.

    The overwhelming nations of the world will ignore the US call to halt imports of Iranian crude. That is why US sanctions against Iran are doomed to fail.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Visiting Professor of Energy Economics at ESCP Europe Business School, London
  • semos on July 09 2018 said:
    Thought so... Wish all these lies would be exposed so the world and mkts aren't screwed for anyone's good profit~!!! not cool...

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