Iranian ‘Ghost Armada’ Ferries $22 Billion Worth of Illicit Oil to China

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Assessment: Biden admin turns blind eye to Iran’s sanctioned oil trade …

Iran’s fleet of “ghost ships” has ferried at least $22 billion worth of illicit oil to China since 2021, providing the hardline regime with a major source of revenue and raising questions about the Biden administration’s lax enforcement of sanctions.

In the first three months of 2022 alone, Iran shipped an average of 829,260 barrels of oil per day to China, according to new figures published by United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI), an advocacy group that closely tracks Tehran’s fleet of illegal tankers. A total of 337,882,520 illegal barrels—worth approximately $22 billion—have made their way to Beijing since President Joe Biden took office.

“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!” says the Lord.” Jer. 23:1

Iran’s fleet, comprised of 182 foreign-owned and -flagged ships, operates with little interference from the United States, according to UANI. It is known as Tehran’s “ghost armada” because these ships often obfuscate their position at sea and turn off their trackers—a violation of maritime law—so that they can evade detection.

Iran’s black market oil trade has thrived under the Biden administration, fueling accusations the United States is turning a blind eye to sanctions enforcement in order to generate goodwill with Tehran as part of a diplomatic effort to ink a revamped nuclear deal.

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