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United Kingdom summons Iranian ambassador after tanker goes to Syria

United Kingdom summons Iranian ambassador after tanker goes to Syria”

The British territory later released the vessel after authorities there said Iran promised the oil would not go to Syria.

United States national security adviser John Bolton on Friday alleged that the tanker, which had set sail after its release flying the Iranian flag and renamed the Adrian Darya, had arrived at the Syrian port of Tartus.

On July 4, Gibraltar had detained Iran's Grace 1 tanker over claims that it was delivering crude oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions.

The drama started two months ago when Iranian supertanker, Grace 1, sailed for 23,000 kilometers (roughly more than 14,000 miles), circled the African continent, and ultimately was seized in Gibraltar on suspicion of carrying oil for Syrian refineries sanctions by EU.

"This sale of oil to Assad's brutal regime is part of a pattern of behaviour by the government of Iran created to disrupt regional security", Raab said on Tuesday.

No.6 said that if the that the reports of the oil being sold to Syria are true, "it will render worthless the written word of the Government of Iran on all matters".

"Iran has shown complete disregard for its own assurances over Adrian Darya 1", foreign minister Dominic Raab said in the statement.

"We want Iran to come in from the cold but the only way to do that is to keep its word and comply with the rules-based worldwide system", he said.

He said Gibraltar did its part in relation to the Grace 1 to stop the vessel when it did, and Iran will really make themselves look "shifty and unreliable if they have acted contrary to their repeated assertions and undertakings".

The US vowed on Sunday to impose sanctions on any buyer of the 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil on board.

In retaliation, Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz leading into the Gulf. Subsequently following negotiations both in the foreign office in London and in Gibraltar, the British claimed assurances had been given the oil would not be sold to Syria.

The incidents stem at least in part from U.S. President Donald Trump's withdrawal past year from the 2015 worldwide nuclear agreement aimed at restraining Tehran's nuclear weapons program.



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