Foreign Secretary condemns Iran over Adrian Darya 1 oil tanker

Cheryl Sanders
September 11, 2019

Tehran's assurances persuaded Gibraltar to release the tanker about five weeks after it was seized on July 4 by local police aided by British forces.

Britain has summoned the Iranian ambassador to the United Kingdom after accusing Tehran of breaching its assurances that the tanker held off Gibraltar in July would not transport oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions.

Iranian tanker was released by the Gibraltar on assurances by the Iran government that the oil would not be shipped to Assad regime.

Britain summons Iranian ambassador over tanker

In this photo from August 18, 2019, an Iranian flag flutters on board the Adrian Darya oil tanker, formerly known as Grace 1, off the coast of Gibraltar.

The Trump administration a year ago unilaterally pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and Western powers, and is pursuing a campaign to bring Iran's exports to zero.

Raab said in a statement that Iran had broken a promise that oil aboard the Adrian Darya 1 would not go to Syria.


Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said it was clear the tanker had transferred its cargo in Syria.

It said Britain would raise the "unacceptable violation of global norms" at the United Nations. "This includes illegally supplying weapons to Houthi insurgents in Yemen, support for Hizbollah terrorists and most recently its attempts to hijack commercial ships passing through the Gulf", he added.

Mandelker said that Washington "will continue to impose sanctions" against any who would buy Iranian oil or to conduct any business with the IRGC.


"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 global system", he said.

The protest is a reaction to an announcement by Iran on September 9 that the supertanker carrying two million barrels of oil has unloaded its cargo on the eastern Mediterranean coast.

France has proposed offering Iran $15 billion in credit lines if Tehran comes back and complies with the 2015 nuclear deal.


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