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US Congress concerned Iran's oil exports may be up
Administration officials to face Congress amid reports China, India importing more Iranian oil
By BRADLEY KLAPPER
Associated Press
2014-02-28 03:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration faces a grilling from the U.S. Congress amid reports China and India are expanding their imports of Iranian petroleum.

When world powers reached an interim nuclear deal with Iran in November, U.S. officials said Tehran wouldn't be allowed to export more oil. Earlier this month, President Barack Obama threatened to come down like a "ton of bricks" on countries that circumvent the remaining sanctions.

Chinese government data show imports of Iranian crude jumping 29 percent since November compared to the previous six months. Reports suggest Indian imports are growing even more, though U.S. officials reject such data.

Members of Congress are concerned. Legislative aides say questions will be raised when the State Department's nuclear negotiator Wendy Sherman and the Treasury Department's sanctions chief David Cohen brief lawmakers Thursday.

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