US Exempts China But Not Pakistan From Iran Oil Sanctions

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After extensive talks with both countries, United States on Thursday exempted China and Singapore from sanctions on purchases of oil from Tehran. Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen criticized the administration on letting China go free even though it is the biggest purchaser of Iranian oil. However, similar exemptions were not granted to smaller-scale importers such as Pakistan and Afghanistan and their transactions could be met with punitive actions.