20 October 2013 - 17:14
'China seizes Iranian oil tanker'

TEHRAN, Oct. 20 (MNA) – China has seized Iranian oil tanker carrying oil to the North Korea, Japan’s daily Asahi Shimbun reported.

Mehr News quoted Japan’s daily Asahi Shimbun report that China had seized Iran’s oil tanker bound for North Korea after Tehran and Pyongyang signed agreement to trade oil and gas fluids. Chinese sources said that Iranian tanker was carrying oil to North Korea.

The oil carried is part of the agreement to export 500,000 tons of light crude. The agreement was signed in close cooperation of one of China’s greatest oil companies. The Japanese daily wrote that reportedly Iran has been dispatching tankers under different flags to North Korea, but Chinese authorities ordered their seizure upon their approaching to Chinese ports in Yellow Sea.

The report said that the tankers were sent to Dalian port (LiaoningProvince) and King Dao (ShandongProvince), and the oil in these tankers was seized.

China has reportedly demanded US $ 2m (about CH ¥ 196m) from North Korea for maintenance expenses of the oil tankers. Asahi Shinbun quoted diplomatic sources informed on China-North Korea relations that when China felt North Korea would depend on Iranian oil, it embarked on different options to mount pressures on North Korea.

The agreement stipulated that North Korea would pay Iran for oil and gas; however it would be paid to a Chinese state oil company before reaching Iran.

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