DUBAI, April 5 Iran has blocked oil sales to two
Greek companies, Hellenic Petroleum and Motor Oil
Hellas after they failed to make payment, Iranian state
television reported on Thursday.
The English-language television network, Press TV, reported
that Greece's top refiner Hellenic Petroleum and Motor Oil
Hellas were barred from purchasing Iranian crude after they
defaulted on their purchases.
On Tuesday, a senior source at Hellenic Petroleum told
Reuters the refiner had suspended purchases of Iranian crude
because sanctions imposed by the Untied States and the European
Union made it impossible to meet its oil payments.
The European Union will impose a full embargo on Iranian oil
imports from July 1 as part of an international standoff over
Tehran's nuclear programme, while the United States is looking
to tighten its sanctions on the Islamic Republic, to penalise
anyone who deals with the Iranian central bank.
(Reporting By Marcus George, Editing by Humeyra Pamuk)