Biden administration has told Beijing it will enforce Trump-era sanctions against Iranian oil as shipments from the Islamic Republic to China have soared, a senior US official said.

Iran Press/America: The senior US official, who did not want to be named, said that "for some time now" Iran's oil exports to China have increased, adding: "We will continue to impose sanctions. There will be no implicit lights."

He added that in the hope that talks could begin, sanctions could be waived to revive the nuclear deal.

The official said that if Washington reached an agreement with Iran "either as part of a bilateral step or as part of a full return to commitments" in the UN Security Council, the United States might reduce sanctions.

He added: "Ultimately, our goal is not to impose sanctions, but to reach a point where we can lift sanctions and Iran return to its nuclear steps."

According to the US official, another possible measure is to allow the return of billions of dollars of frozen Iranian assets in South Korea.

The remarks come as Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan are scheduled to meet with their Chinese counterparts in Alaska on Thursday.

According to the Financial Times, statistics from Kepler Research show that China imported an average of 478,000 barrels of oil per day in February, and that figure is expected to reach one million barrels per day in February.


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