Iranian tanker row: Ambassador summoned over Syria claim

Iranian tanker row: Ambassador summoned over Syria declare

The Iranian flag flies on board the Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1Picture copyright

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The Iranian flag flies on board the Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1, previously named Grace 1

Oil on an Iranian tanker detained in Gibraltar has been transferred to Syria, in breach of EU sanctions, the overseas secretary has stated.

The ship, seized in July with the assistance of UK Royal Marines, was launched after Iran gave written assurances that it was not sure for Syria.

Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab stated it was clear the tanker had transferred its cargo in Syria.

Mr Raab has summoned the Iranian ambassador to the Overseas Workplace.

The Adrian Darya One – beforehand referred to as Grace One – had initially listed its vacation spot as Turkey, when it was launched after being detained in Gibraltar for six weeks.

Satellite tv for pc photographs appeared to indicate the vessel off the Syrian coast on Friday.

In a press release, the overseas workplace stated Iran’s actions represented an “unacceptable violation of worldwide norms” and that the UK would increase the difficulty on the UN Normal Meeting later this month.

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However an Iranian overseas ministry spokesman would solely say the ship had delivered its cargo after docking “on the Mediterranean coast”.

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Media captionGrace 1: Contained in the seized supertanker

The US vowed on Sunday to impose sanctions on any purchaser of the two.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil on board.

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The overseas secretary additionally accused Iran of illegally supplying weapons to Houthi insurgents in Yemen, supporting what he referred to as “Hezbollah terrorists” and hijacking business ships passing by way of the Gulf.

“We wish Iran to come back in from the chilly however the one means to do this is to maintain its phrase and adjust to the rules-based worldwide system,” he added.

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