Iran's foreign ministry spokesman on Sunday said an Iranian oil tanker at the center of a dispute between Tehran and Western powers had reached its destination and sold its oil, state television reported.
Despite Washington's pleas that UK/Gibraltar authorities refrain from releasing the Iranian-flagged Adrian Darya-1 tanker over concerns that it would deliver its 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil to Syria, the ship was released last month.
Responding to the announcement, a U.S. official told Reuters that Washington will continue to target any individuals or states that do business with Iran's Revolutionary Guards.
The Adrian Darya-1 - formerly known as Grace 1 - was released by Gibraltar authorities on August 15, after Tehran offered assurances that the ship will not make its way to Syria because the Assad regime is under an European Union oil embargo.
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.
The Adrian Darya 1 has been at the center of a dispute between Tehran and the West, which has raised concerns that the ship meant to violate sanctions by unloading its suspected 2 million barrels of oil in Syria.
The ship, originally known as Grace 1 when it was detained in July off Gibraltar, a British territory, has been a further cause of tension between Washington and Tehran.Читайте также: Pakistani astronaut hails India on Chandrayaan-2 mission
Revolutionary Guards surrounded the British-flagged Stena Impero with attack boats before rappelling onto the deck of the oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19.
The US a year ago withdrew from the global 2015 deal to limit Iran's nuclear programme, and reinstated sanctions. "We can talk, but Iran's not getting any sanctions relief until it stops lying and spreading terror", tweeted Bolton.
Iran said in late August that it had sold the oil on the Adrian Darya 1 tanker and the purchaser would decide the destination of the cargo.
Privately, some British diplomats admit it was a mistake to succumb to United States pressure to capture Grace 1, given the high stakes wider negotiations between Europe and Iran aimed at trying to keep Iran inside the 2015 nuclear deal.
The official said, "We have no problem with the crew and captain of the ship".
"We had already announced that we would sell our oil in any way and that acts of sabotage would not affect our plans", he added.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
«» 2007 - 2019 Copyright.
Автоматизированное извлечение информации сайта запрещено.
Код для вставки в блог