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Iran ‘strongly denies’ reports of crude oil exports to North Korea
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TEHRAN – Iran has rejected the reports about exporting crude oil to North Korea.
Iranian Deputy Oil Minister for International and Trade Affairs Ali Majedi ‘strongly denied’ any news about exporting crude oil to North Korea by the country, the Tasnim News Agency reported on Sunday.
In April 2013, AP quoted former Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi as saying that Tehran and Pyongyang were in talks about possible exports of Iranian oil to North Korea.
“We have had, and continue to have, negotiations with the North Koreans who have requested to buy Iranian oil. We are discussing the procedure and we don't have any problem selling them oil," Qasemi told a briefing at an International oil and gas exhibition in Tehran.
In October 2013, the Japanese newspaper the Asahi Shimbun quoted informed Chinese sources as saying that China was holding petroleum that was heading to North Korea from Iran.
According to Chinese sources, the petroleum was part of North Korea’s contract to import about 500,000 tons of condensate from Iran. 
Chinese authorities ordered the tankers to stop when they reached the Chinese coast in the Yellow Sea this spring, the report said.

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