January 31, 2014 / 4:46 AM / 6 years ago

Japan's Dec crude oil imports from Iran fall 21 pct y/y

TOKYO, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Japan’s crude oil imports from Iran fell 21 percent in December from a year earlier to 165,295 barrels per day (bpd), or 815,675 kilolitres for the month, according to Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry data released on Friday.

For the 2013 calendar year, the imports fell 6.4 percent to 177,414 bpd, the lowest level Japan has taken from Iran since 1981.

Japan, China, India and South Korea take the bulk of Iran’s crude exports and have been under pressure to trim purchases from the OPEC producer by Western sanctions aimed at cutting oil funds to Tehran to limit progress on its disputed nuclear programme. (Reporting by James Topham; Editing by Aaron Sheldrick and Tom Hogue)

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