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Iran Warns US Against Seizure of Oil Tanker Heading to Greece

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Iran has warned the United States against the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker released from Gibraltar and heading to the port of Kalamata in Greece, an Associated Press report says

The ship, formerly known as the Grace 1 but renamed as the Adrian Darya 1 by Iran, is carrying 2.1 million barrels of oil, estimated at approximately $150 million worth, .

The Iranian ship was detained while sailing under a Panamanian flag. Video footage and photographs taken on Sunday showed it flying the Iranian flag and with its new name painted in white over its previous one on the hull.

The ship was held in Gibraltar Waters for 46 days after it was seized by Royal Marines on July 4, in suspicion that it was carrying oil bound for Syria in breach of EU sanctions.

Iran has denied that its tanker was heading for Syria, and the vessel’s detention appeared to ended last week after Iran gave a written commitment to Gibraltar that it would not sail to Syria or anywhere else covered by EU sanctions.

Gibraltar authorities refused to detain the ship any further and now heads for Greece. Iranian officials say a new crew had arrived to pilot the vessel. Tehran has warned Washington against attempting to seize the oil tanker in open seas.

“Such an action … would endanger shipping safety in open seas. We have issued a warning through official channels, especially the Swiss embassy,” the Iranian foreign ministry stated.

Switzerland represents US interests in Iran, since Tehran has no official diplomatic relations with Washington.

Iran has denied that its tanker was heading for Syria, and the vessel’s detention appeared to ended last week after Iran gave a written commitment to Gibraltar that it would not sail to Syria or anywhere else covered by EU sanctions.

Now the Adrian Darya 1 is heading for Kalamata, MarineTraffic reported.

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