UK Summons Iran Ambassador for Breaching Assurances on Oil Tanker

The Adrian Darya 1 reportedly seen here near the port city of Adrian Darya 1

"Iran's actions represent an unacceptable violation of global norms", it said, vowing to raise the issue at the United Nations this month.

The Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, was carrying 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil worth some $130 million.

Since ditching the nuclear deal, calling it skewed to Iran's advantage, Trump has reimposed sanctions to strangle its vital oil trade and force Tehran to accept stricter limits on its nuclear activity, curb its ballistic missile program and end its support for proxy forces around the Middle East.

It is thought the ship turned off its transponder in the Mediterranean Sea before travelling to Syria.

The trip marks the latest effort by the USA to turn up the pressure on Iran, which has so far refused to negotiate unless American sanctions are lifted.

British marines seized Grace 1 in July after it entered Gibraltarian waters, claiming that the oil was destined for Assad and Syria in breach of European Union economic sanctions.

But the tanker had been spotted off the coast of Syria for the past three days.

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A senior US Treasury official is in the United Arab Emirates to meet with the chiefs of the country's banks and shipping companies as the Trump administration seeks to further tighten sanctions against the Iranian regime.

The Foreign Office said it was clear the ship's cargo had been transferred to the Assad regime in an "unacceptable violation" of global norms. A Gibraltar court ordered its release in mid-August against USA objections.

Also Sunday, Mousavi hinted that Iran might soon release the British-flagged tanker seized by Iran in what many saw as a retaliatory move.

On Friday, US national security adviser John Bolton, posting a photo of the Adrian Darya nearing the port of Tartous, said anyone who had said the vessel wasn't headed to Syria was "in denial".

"Tehran thinks it's more important to fund the murderous Assad regime than provide for its own people".

The deal involved Iran being sanctioned if the country was found to be building weapons.

We will remind, sanctions against Iran, including a ban on the purchase of oil, was restored by Washington in November 2018 - shortly after trump made the decision on unilateral United States withdrawal from the deal with Iran on the nuclear issue. On June 7, Iran's largest petrochemicals group was sanctioned, and two of its designated sales agents were based in the UAE, she said.

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