Iranian tanker row: Oil 'sold' in defiance of US threats


The Gibraltar government released the Iranian tanker on August 15 after receiving official written assurances from Tehran that the tanker would not unload its 2.1 million barrels of oil in Syria.

An Iranian tanker at the center of a dispute between Tehran and Western powers has delivered its cargo after docking somewhere on the Mediterranean coast, Iran's state news agency IRNA quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesperson as saying.

Iran's foreign ministry has said they they have sold oil without identifying to which country.

Iran's "Grace 1" tanker was detained in Gibraltar on July 4, 2019, at the request of the U.S., on the suspicions of the violation of sanctions imposed on Syria.

A report by The Financial Times revealed Wednesday that four days before the US imposed sanctions on the tanker, the vessel's Indian captain received an unusual email from US Special Representative on Iran Brian Hook.

From now on, the new owner makes decisions regarding the tanker, he added.

Maritime tracking service TankerTrackers said that as of Sunday night the Adrian Darya was off the coast of Syria's Tartus but had not unloaded the oil.

According to Daniel Gerber, the firm's CEO, the Trump Administration has been largely successful at curtailing Iran's exports.

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Since May, Iran has begun to breach caps on its nuclear capacity set by the deal in retaliation for USA oil and trade sanctions.

With regard to the seized UK-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, he said that legal proceedings on the ship's case are underway, expressing hope that the ship will be freed in the near future.

In response to a question about the latest developments surrounding a British oil tanker seized in the Persian Gulf in July for violating global maritime law, Mousavi said it is expected to be freed in the coming days.

Tensions between arch-enemies Iran and the USA have soared ever since Washington stepped up its campaign of "maximum pressure" against Tehran and reimposed sanctions after leaving the landmark 2015 nuclear deal past year.

Iran's nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, warned on Sunday that European parties to the 2015 nuclear deal have failed to fulfil their commitments, which included relief from economic sanctions in exchange for verifiable denuclearization measures.

A Gibraltar court ordered its release on August 15 despite an 11th-hour United States legal bid to keep it in detention.

The US has been trying to seize the tanker since it was released by Gibraltar.