Gibraltar releases seized Iranian tanker despite U.S. attempts to block
Gibraltar releases seized Iranian tanker despite U.S. attempts to block
Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 sits anchored after it was seized in July by British Royal Marines in the Strait of GibraltarMore
16 August, 2019, 22:46
A small boat sails past Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 as it sits anchored after it was seized in July by British Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar on suspicion of violating sanctions against Syria.
Gibraltar freed the ship after Iran promised the oil won't be sent to Syria.
The US Department of Justice has applied to seize the Iranian supertanker Grace 1 in Gibraltar, just hours before the Gibraltar Government was poised to release it.
But at a court hearing on Thursday, Gibraltar officials revealed the USA request for custody over the ship, and the hearing was adjourned until later in the day.
"Although the U.S. expects its European allies to abide by these sanctions, it is up to the Gibraltar authorities to assess the allegations presented by the U.S.", Khatib said.
However, it remains unknown precisely when the tanker will leave Gibraltar.
It is not clear if the ship has already left port in Gibraltar.
The Grace 1's captain, an Indian national, and three officers were released from detention early yesterday.
Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, took to Twitter after the news of the release.
Iranian authorities believe Britain detained the ship at the behest of the Trump administration.
Following the detention of the ship on July 4, Iran seized a British-flagged vessel, the Stena Impero, which it continues to hold.
He said the Iranian oil tanker will soon be released and resume sailing freely with the flag of Iran.
The two administration officials said the Grace 1 should now be considered a pariah.
The sabotage attacks come as Iran suffers under crippling sanctions imposed by US President Donald Trump after he pulled the United States from the 2015 nuclear deal created to recover Iran's economy in return for curbing its nuclear programme.
Nearly a fifth of the world's oil passes through the narrow strait, which lies off the south coast of Iran.
A government spokesman said there will be no legal proceedings against the crew members.
Tehran said Stena Impero had been "violating worldwide maritime rules" but the United Kingdom called its detention an example of "state piracy".
The Gibraltar government said in its statement that it held several meetings with Iranian representatives this month and last to negotiate the tanker's fate, and on Tuesday, the Islamic Republic agreed that the ship's final destination wouldn't be subject to European Union sanctions.
Britain, which has insisted its Iran policy will not change under new Prime Minister Boris Johnson who took office last month, has repeatedly indicated it wants a compromise over the tanker. Iran called the seizure an "act of piracy".
Tensions have escalated in the region since President Donald Trump over a year ago unilaterally withdrew the US from Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
Picardo's August 16 comments came after the United States said the crew of the supertanker could be subject to a USA visa ban.
"We will not stand by and allow Iran - or anyone - to bypass vital European Union sanctions on a regime that has deployed chemical weapons against its own people", the spokesman said, referring to the Syrian government. It was said to be carrying 2.1 million barrels of crude oil.
The cores of both the young Jupiter and the planetary embryo merged in this violent impact, the authors of this new study suggest. According to Liu, smaller planetary embryos about as big as Earth would break apart in Jupiter's thick atmosphere.
The letter comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatens to suspend Parliament and push through a no-deal Brexit on October 31. Neither has Nick Boles, the independent MP who quit the Conservatives over Brexit and who also received the appeal.
The Rise of Mobile Payments Over the last few years, all of the major mobile innovators have stepped into the mobile payment game. As of 2016, Apple Pay had 12 million monthly users , a figure which is sure to rise substantially in the coming months and years.
He added that the crash caused a large fuel spill and that officials are working to prevent it from running into any nearby water. Earnhardt also is a team owner in the NASCAR circuit's second level, the Xfinity Series, which will race Friday night at Bristol.
However, Gustav Klimt bounced back with a fine performance at the Barronstown Stud Irish European Breeders Fund in June last year. Gustav Klimt moved to the inside down the final furlong and found just enough speed to beat out his compatriot Nebo by a head .
But doing so, O'Rourke said in his hometown 12 days after a mass shooting there, "would not be good enough for this community". President Donald Trump at the top of the GOP ticket could hamper Gardner's chance for reelection, experts have speculated.
The Date Day: How To Behave When you meet your date offline for the first time, there are many things that can go wrong. That is a very responsible step that will either empower or destroy the already formed relationships.
Five Young Sports Stars to Watch in 2020
We’ve now entered 2020 and the sporting world will certainly have a lot to show us in the upcoming year. The upcoming year will be telling if the boy can turn from a talented prospect to a world-class player.
Scientists find tiny pieces of plastic in Arctic ice
Most of the particles were found to be the smallest measurable size range-less than 11 micrometers (0.0004 inches). The scientists then used a type of infrared spectroscopy to determine the composition of their samples.
Why are people protesting in Hong Kong?
Appearing on state television in China the next day, Mr Fu said he "didn't behave illegally or controversially". A video released by Chinese state media shows the military trucks lining the 22-mile long Shenzhen border.
Huawei wants to take on Google Maps with its own service
The US placed Huawei on its "Entity List" in May, effectively barring American tech companies from dealing with the Chinese firm. Huawei plans to invest $1 billion to encourage software developers to design apps for HarmonyOS.
General Overview of Cisco CCNA R&S Questions and Answers
In addition to this, they will also build their skills and knowledge levels required to implement WLAN in a small/medium network. At the end of the course, they will also be able to resolve regular issues with EIGRP, STP, and OSPF in IPv4 and IPv6 networks.
Seeyouatmidnight to serve the Scots a Grand National double
He was runner-up behind Big River in the Edinburgh Gin Handicap Hurdle at Kelso and he then placed third at Newbury in March. Those having a bet on the Grand National will find him available at 16/1 with Paddy Power in the ante-post list.
The 10 best football players in the world
But even so, there’s no denying that he has impressive skills and he managed to lead all his football teams to big titles. Now at PSG, there are a lot of rumors that he might come back in Spain to play for life-time rivals of Barcelona, Real Madrid.