China strongly opposes US sanctions on Chinese firm over Iran oil

A China Shipping container is off-loaded from a ship at the Port of Long Beach in Long Beach, California, US. (Bloomberg pic)

BEIJING: China strongly opposes US sanctions on a Chinese energy firm accused of violating curbs on Iran’s oil sector levied over Tehran’s nuclear programme, its foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

The United States sanctioned the company, Zhuhai Zhenrong Co Ltd because it “knowingly engaged in a significant transaction for the purchase or acquisition of crude oil from Iran”, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday.

Beijing firmly opposed the sanctions, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, adding that China’s cooperation with Iran was normal under international law.

“We urge the US to correct this wrongdoing and stop its illegal sanctions on companies and individuals,” she told reporters at a daily briefing.

“The US has neglected the legitimate rights of all countries and randomly applies sanctions, this is in violation of international law,” Hua added.