U.S. sanctions Iranian tanker previously held by Gibraltar

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-31 12:27:31|Editor: Xiang Bo
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Treasury Department Friday sanctioned the Iranian oil tanker which was detained last month off the coast of the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar and later released.

The ship, Adrian Darya 1, along with its captain Akhilesh Kumar, is benefiting Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) as it transports 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil, violating previous sanctions imposed against the group, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement.

"Anyone providing support to the Adrian Darya 1 risks being sanctioned," the statement said.

The oil taker was detained in July by Royal Marines in Gibraltar on suspicion of attempting to carry oil to Syria "in breach of EU sanctions," a charge denied by the Iranian government.

Despite U.S. opposition, Gibraltar's authorities and a court earlier this month ruled to release the tanker. Following the ruling, a U.S. court issued a warrant for the re-seizure of the tanker.

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