Revealed: Iran’s “ghost fleet” of tankers breaking 123 sanctions is selling black market oil to China to fund its secret nuclear program
- Iran almost doubled the fleet’s navigation under the flags of other countries to 123
- Let China smuggle up to 1 million barrels of oil per day. That’s two-thirds of the UK’s daily rise.
- Intelligence experts warn of an increase in fleet indicating that Iran is increasing its nuclear capabilities
Rogue nations have nearly doubled the fleet’s voyage under the flags of other nations to 123 over the past year, allowing China to smuggle up to 1 million barrels of oil per day. That’s two-thirds of the UK’s daily usage.
Intelligence experts say the expanded fleet is boosting the development of nuclear capabilities in Iran, which announced yesterday the hardliner Ebrahim Raisi as president, despite the international curb. I’m warning you.
Tanker Ghost Armada, which breaks sanctions to bring black market oil to China, is funding Iran’s secret nuclear program
The fleet uses a range of technologies to avoid sanctions when navigating the world with illegal cargo, such as registering vessels in small countries that are incapable of monitoring flag-raising tankers.
Iranian vessels are also “impersonating”. It operates GPS to report the location of the vessel, so if it docks undetected in a prohibited area, it will appear to be elsewhere.
Satellite images provided in an email on Sunday show a ship of an illegal fleet suspected of spoofing last month and another ship traveling to load oil on a Chinese ship in the South China Sea.
Ships also use “flag hopping” to switch registrations between countries and hide their identities.
US sanctions aimed at stopping Iran from funding international terrorism and developing nuclear programs have banned Middle Eastern countries from selling oil abroad.
However, according to United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), an international non-profit organization headed by a former U.S. ambassador, China has ignored the ban for the past six months to help finance Iran’s nuclear operations. , Increased secret transactions at sea. United Nations Mark Wallace.
Intelligence experts show that the expanded fleet is boosting the development of nuclear capabilities in Iran, which yesterday announced the hardliner Ebrahim Raisi (pictured) as president, despite the international curb. Warn that
We used satellite imagery and 24-hour tracking to monitor illegal trade.
China reportedly bought an average of 700,000 barrels of illegal Iranian oil a day until April, peaking at 1 million barrels, making it a major customer of Tehran.
Currently, the Ghost Armada vessel, which carries 18 million barrels, is believed to be in the South China Sea.
Former United Nations Ambassador Mark Wallace (pictured) founded United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), an international non-profit organization.
Between February and May, UANI flagged seven vessels in the fleet, including 20 super tankers capable of carrying over 2 million barrels of oil, after warning state authorities and insurance companies. I have successfully applied to cancel my registration.
The fleet can carry about 100 million barrels of crude or fuel oil and about 12 million barrels of liquefied petroleum gas. That’s a total of £ 5.5 billion.
Other countries purchased from Iran include Syria and the United Arab Emirates.
Sir Iver Roberts, a former UANI senior adviser to counter-terrorism at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that if only one-sixth of the fleet’s tankers evaded detection and completed weekly shipments, Iran would have 240 per day. It will export 10,000 barrels, 300,000 barrels more than before the sanctions. Reimbursed in 2018.
He added: “The amount of black market oil that China buys from Iran is staggering. This allows the Tehran administration to build up reserves, strengthen its nuclear program in the face of international sanctions, and abroad. You will get the foreign currency you need to pursue the agenda for supporting terrorism.
“This gloomy alliance is a challenge for the West and … can have a significant impact on our security.”
Iran and China did not respond to requests for comment last night.
“Ghost Armada”, a tanker that sells black market oil to China to fund Iran’s nuclear program
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