UPDATE 1-S.Korea's May Iran crude imports soar but Jan-May fall y/y
* May Iran crude imports at 541,510 T vs 284,327 T yr ago
* Jan-May imports from Iran drop 2 pct y/y
* Imports 136,775 T from Mexico, 133,203 T from U.S.
* Total May crude imports at 12.9 mln T, up 32 pct y/y
By Meeyoung Cho
SEOUL, June 15 (Reuters) - South Korean imports of Iranian crude nearly doubled in May from a year ago, but its shipments from the OPEC country in the first five months of 2015 fell 2 percent year-on-year, meeting international sanction requirements.
South Korea and other Asian buyers can import crude from Tehran at sanctions-reduced rates reached in 2013. The United States and five other world powers face a June 30 deadline for a final deal with Iran on curbing its nuclear programme.
Seoul imported 541,510 tonnes of crude from Iran last month, or 128,041 barrels per day (bpd), compared with 284,327 tonnes, or 67,230 bpd, a year ago, preliminary customs data from the world's fifth-largest crude importer showed on Monday.
Of South Korea's four refiners, only SK Energy Co Ltd and Hyundai Oilbank Co Ltd import Iranian oil, and their imports fluctuate each month. Continuación...