Iran tanker row: US blacklists vessel 'bound for Syria'

Iran tanker row: US blacklists vessel ‘sure for Syria’

An Iranian flag flutters on board the Adrian Darya 1 oil tankerPicture copyright

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The Adrian Darya 1 oil tanker was seized by British authorities however launched earlier this month

The US Treasury has blacklisted an Iranian tanker it claims is getting used to ship oil to Syria.

The Adrian Darya 1, beforehand often called Grace 1, was detained by British authorities in Gibraltar in July after it was suspected of transferring oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.

It was launched earlier this month after Iran gave assurances that it will not discharge its cargo in Syria.

The US has since tried, unsuccessfuly, to have the ship detained once more.

Its preliminary seizure sparked a diplomatic disaster between the UK and Iran, which noticed Iran seize a British-flagged and Swedish-owned oil tanker, the Stena Impero, within the Gulf.

In an announcement, the US Treasury said the Adrian Darya 1 was being used to transport 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil for the advantage of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard – a department of the nation’s armed forces that the US has designated a terrorist organisation.

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Media captionGrace 1: Contained in the seized supertanker

It insisted that ships like Adrian Darya 1 have been getting used to promote oil illicitly to fund Iran’s “malign actions and propagate terrorism”.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo added in a Tweet that America had “dependable data” the vessel was on track to Tartus, a serious Syrian port metropolis which can be dwelling to a Russian naval base.

He added that it was “an enormous mistake” to belief any assurances concerning the ship from Iranian Overseas Minister Javad Zarif.

In earlier talks, Iran mentioned that oil aboard the ship had already been offered, nevertheless it didn’t revealed the id of the client.

After the Adrian Darya 1 left Gibraltar final week, it listed the Greek port Kalamata as its ultimate vacation spot.

Mr Pompeo threatened sanctions on any nation that helped the tanker, and Greece later mentioned it will not “facilitate” its course to Syria.

In keeping with publicly obtainable monitoring knowledge, the Adrian Darya 1 has modified its ultimate vacation spot to Iskenderun in jap Turkey, abouit 25 miles (40km) from the Syrian border.

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However Turkish Overseas Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu mentioned on Friday that the tanker had modified course a number of occasions and insisted that it was heading for Lebanese waters as a substitute.

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