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◢ After being hit by the trade war and U.S. sanctions on Iran, some Chinese buyers of liquefied petroleum gas from the Persian Gulf nation are finding it’s too tough a habit to kick. China probably isn’t complying with U.S. sanctions on Iranian crude, U.S. Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said Friday, adding that he didn’t have any hard evidence to show this.
◢ Bank of Kunlun, a Chinese lender, said it doesn’t own a ship that the U.S. pinpointed last week as carrying Iranian oil. A senior U.S. official said May 28 that the ship, the PACIFIC BRAVO was the property of the bank and was headed toward Hong Kong.
◢ The U.S. warned Hong Kong that it could face penalties if it does business with PACIFIC BRAVO, an oil tanker headed for the city that allegedly violated sanctions on Iran. Washington wants to put China and the autonomous city on notice that it will aggressively and consistently enforce its Iran sanctions, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.
◢ Working from their small offices in Stockholm, analysts at a new watchdog that monitors global oil shipments have been run ragged by Iran's efforts to skirt US sanctions this month. In late October, every single one of Iran's vessels "went dark", switching off their transponders to avoid international tracking systems—a first since TankerTrackers.com began operating in 2016.