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Iran says Grace 1 tanker to leave Gibraltar soon

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 16, 2019 13:20

Iran says Grace 1 tanker to leave Gibraltar soon

Britain’s Mediterranean territory Gibraltar decided to free a seized Iranian oil tanker, but did not immediately indicate when or if the ship would set sail after the United States launched a new, last-minute legal bid to hold it.The Grace 1 was seized by British Royal Marine commandos on July 4 on suspicion of violating European Union sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a close ally of Iran.

Two weeks later, Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz leading into the Gulf.The two tankers have become pawns in the standoff between Iran and the West, their fate tangled up in the diplomatic differences between the EU’s big powers and the United States.Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo decided to lift the detention order after formal written assurances from Tehran that the ship would not discharge its 2.1 million barrels of oil in Syria.However, Gibraltar officials did not make clear whether the U.S. legal bid would mean the ship would have to be detained further or, if so, for how long.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 16, 2019 13:20

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