Iran’s sate oil company NIOC is denying that China and Japan have sharply cut imports of Iranian crude. The company’s international affairs director said today in Tehran that China has not decreased imports and Japanese refineries have extended their contracts with NIOC until the year’s end.
“China (has) not decreased (the imports) at all… and all of the contracts between Japanese refineries and NIOC have been extended until the end of the year,” said Mohsen Qamsari, NIOC’s international affairs director [Mehr News Agency, 2 May].
However, China's customs figures showed March imports of Iranian oil had fallen by more than half to between 220,000 and 280,000 barrels per day, according to Dow Jones Newswires. And the data from Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed that Japan imported 36 percent less oil from Iran in March 2012 from a year earlier [Press TV, 2 May].
“Oil exports to Chinese and Japanese refineries in the current year have not decreased at all,” Qamsari insisted.