Iranian Ambassador to London Hamid Baeedinejad announced that the country’s oil tanker, Adian Darya 1, which was seized and later freed by Britain in the Strait of Gibraltar has sold its crude cargo to a private company and has not violated any agreement.
“It was stressed in the today meeting with the British foreign secretary that the British officials’ measure against Iran’s oil tanker which carried crude was against the international laws,” Baeedinejad wrote on his twitter page on Wednesday.
He underlined that the EU sanctions cannot be expanded to third countries, and said, “Despite numerous US threats, the oil tanker has sold its oil on the sea to a private company and has not violated any undertaking.”
His comments came days after Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said that Adrian Darya 1 had successfully unloaded its cargo despite attempts against it.
“We had already announced that we would sell our oil anyway, and any malicious attempts would not affect our plans,” Mousavi said on Sunday.
He emphasized that US actions were against international laws, including the regulations of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), adding that “despite all the malicious attempts, the Adrian Darya 1 oil tanker eventually docked on the Mediterranean coast and unloaded its cargo”.
The spokesman said the owner of the oil tanker would decide on its future.
In early July, British marines and Gibraltar police seized the Iranian tanker off the Southern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, claiming that the ship was transporting crude oil to Syria “in violation” of the EU sanctions placed on Damascus. Washington had applauded the move, hailing it as a sign that Europe is on board with the US unilateral sanctions against Tehran.
In mid-August, Gibraltar’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of releasing the vessel, while hours before the announcement, the United States had launched a last-minute legal move demanding that the British overseas territory detain the ship. In late August, the US Treasury Department blacklisted the Iranian oil tanker and sanctioned its captain after an attempt to confiscate the ship failed.
Iran had condemned the “illegal move” of London and described it as “tantamount to piracy”. Tehran accused the UK of doing Washington’s bidding and helping the US attempt to stifle the Islamic Republic’s oil exports, rejecting London’s claim that the supertanker was carrying crude for Syria.
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