The United Kingdom has summoned the Iranian ambassador because Iran has allegedly violated agreements on the previously seized oil tanker Adryan Darya 1. Later the UK will refer the matter to the United Nations. The issue surrounding the ship is central to a conflict between Iran and Western countries.
Tensions around Iranian tanker
- July 4: Tanker detained in Gibraltar
- Suspicion that cargo is destined for Syria, Tehran denies
- August 15: Ship released by Gibraltar
- September 3: Tanker disappears from view
- September 6: Tanker shows up for Syrian coast
- September 10: United Kingdom calls on Iranian ambassador to condemn issue
The tanker, which initially operated under the name Grace 1, has 2.1 million barrels of crude oil on board from Iran. The British Navy entered the ship in Gibraltar in July because the UK suspected that the ship would transport the oil to Syria and thereby violate EU sanctions.
Two weeks later Iran seized a tanker under the British flag in the Strait of Hormuz. The Adrian Darya 1 was released by Gibraltar on August 15, after Iran's written guarantee that the cargo would not be discharged into Syria.
The location of the ship was unknown since 3 September, presumably because a transponder was turned off on board. Three days later, the American space technology company Maxar took a photo of the ship near the Syrian port city of Tartus.
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said Tuesday that Iran would not have kept its own guarantees about the ship. Raab believes that the Iranian government is endangering regional security.
The Iranian tanker Adrian Darya 1 was captured by a satellite at a very short distance from the Syrian port city of Tartus. (Photo: Maxar)
US tried to get hold of ship
The United States tried to seize the Adrian Darya 1 when it was in Gibraltar, but without success. The US has warned other countries not to provide assistance to the ship or provide services.
The US government believes that the ship belongs to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). This is a paramilitary branch of the Iranian armed forces that the US regards as a terrorist organization.
American authorities have blacklisted the ship.
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