Tanker Grace 1Фото: Jon Nazca / Reuters
Iran has not assumed any obligation for the liberation by the British supertanker Grace 1 intercepted the 4th of July. This was stated by the representative of the Iranian foreign Ministry Abbas Mousavi, Reuters reports.
He stressed that Tehran did not give guarantees that the vessel with the Iranian oil will not go to Syria. While Mousavi stated that “the destination was not Syria, ( … ), and even if it were, then it’s nobody’s business”.
On 15 August the authorities of Gibraltar — British overseas territories — was released from custody the crew of the tanker, and then let myself Grace 1. It was stated that the decision was taken after “receipt of the official written assurances from the Iranian government that the ship will not be unloaded in Syria.”
After that, the tanker was renamed the Adrian Darya, it also prepares to sail under the Iranian flag. When he goes to sea, is still unknown. It is expected that this will happen on 16 August, if not prevent, a request that the United States sent to Gibraltar in order to delay the ship. In Washington state that helps the tanker to the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps (the IRGC, an elite unit of the Iranian army), which the American side declared a terrorist organization.
“War of the tankers” between Iran and Britain began after British Marines seized Gibraltar supertanker Grace 1 under the flag of Panama. It was reported that he was transporting two million barrels of crude oil from Iran in the refinery of Banias in Syria, which violates the EU sanctions regime against Damascus.
Iran has promised to respond to the capture of Grace 1. The evening of July 19, Tehran announced the capture of the British tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz. It was reported that the military stopped the ship for violation of several rules.
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