Iranian tanker Grace 1, which was being held in Gibraltar, is now on its way to the southern Greek island of Kalamata, while Tehran has warned Washington against intercepting the vessel, Reuters reported.
Al-Jazeera correspondent in Gibraltar, Mina Gerblo, quoted sources in the island as saying that the ship, which changed its name to "Adrian Daria 1" and raised the Iranian flag instead of the Panama flag, left the port at dawn on the waters of the island of the British crown, after overcoming a technical problem that prevented the lifting of an anchor The tanker.
Al-Jazeera correspondent in Tehran Suhaib al-Aza said there was no official confirmation from Iran so far about the destination of the tanker.
The British Royal Navy seized the Iranian tanker in Gibraltar on July 4 on suspicion of violating European sanctions by transporting a shipment of oil to Syria.This led to a series of events that highlighted tensions over international shipping routes across the Persian Gulf.
End of detention
The detention of the tanker ended last week, but a federal court in Washington issued an order on Friday to detain the tanker and the oil it transports. "To foreign terrorist organizations."
The Gibraltar authorities have rejected a request from the US Justice Department to detain the Iranian tanker again on charges of violating US sanctions against Tehran.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said his country had warned Washington through the Swiss embassy in Tehran of the consequences of describing it in the event of stopping the Iranian oil tanker that sailed from Gibraltar. In international waters.
Switzerland represents US interests in Iran, which has no diplomatic relations with the United States.
|The new name of the Iranian tanker was written above the old name in preparation for leaving the waters of Gibraltar (Reuters)|
On the other hand, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said that there is no relationship between the tanker and the British ship "Stina Impero" detained in Iran, and that the decision of the Iranian judiciary on the British ship.
Al-Jazeera's correspondent in Tehran added that Iran's warning to the United States of the consequences of seizing its tanker indicates that the Iranian authorities have the power cards in the Gulf waters and the Sea of Oman to respond if the American flag carrier is detained.
Iranian officials had warned earlier that the seizure of ships by the United States and other Western countries, threatening the safety of commercial navigation in the world.
Iran says the Gibraltar authorities' rejection of a US request to extend the detention of the Iranian tanker indicates that the policy of US sanctions against Iran is a failure because it violates international law and threatens the world's shipping traffic.
The Iranian navy expressed yesterday its readiness to send a fleet to accompany its tanker. Navy Commander Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said that his country has not yet decided to send the navy fleet to accompany the tanker.