Pompeo anger over the release of the Adrian Darya tanker

The US secretary of state, apparently angry at the release of Iran's seized oil tanker in Gibraltar, warned the Greek government of any efforts to assist the ship along its alleged route to Syria.

Iran Press/America: Mike Pompeo said on Monday that any assistance to the Adrian Darya, formerly the Grace 1, along its route to Syria would be considered as material support for a US-designated foreign terrorist organization.

"It's very unfortunate that that ship was released," said Pompeo in an interview with US Fox News.

Pompeo reiterates US claim that the ship has assisted in transferring illegal fuel to Syria to the IRGC.

Data from ship-tracking service MarineTraffic showed that the oil tanker set sail shortly before midnight on Sunday towards international waters and is heading for the Greek port of Kalamata, according to media reports.

Gibraltar earlier turned down the US request to retain the tank carrying 2.1 million barrels of oil, which Washington said was "intrinsically linked" to the US sanctions against Iran.

This is while, legally, US sanctions only apply between the United States and Iran, and no one else.

The Grace 1 was carrying 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil when it was seized illegally by Britain's Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar Strait under the pretext that the supertanker had been suspected of carrying crude to Syria in breach of the European Union’s unilateral sanctions against the Arab country.

Tehran rejected the claim that the tanker was heading to Syria, slamming the seizure as “maritime piracy.”

The tanker bore the name Grace 1 and a Panamanian flag when it was detained on July 4. It has since been re-flagged to Iran and its name been changed to Adrian Darya 1.


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