Kurdistan halts oil exports to Iran

Hundreds of trucks per day had been carrying crude and other oil products across the border, but the KRG has ordered the trade to stop.
Hundreds of tankers wait to cross into Iran in one of several lots near the Parwezkhan border crossing in Diyala province, Nov 6, 2013. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)

SULAIMANIYA - Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) issued an order Thursday to end all oil and refined product exports to Iran immediately.

The directive will stop the flow of hundreds of tanker trucks that have been carrying crude and heavy fuel oil (HFO) from Kurdistan across the Iranian border each day - a trade that has drawn complaints from the U.S. government as it seeks to tighten sanctions against Iran.

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