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Iran “sold” oil transported by “Adrian Daria 1”

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) —  Iran said on Monday it had sold oil carried by the tanker, which was seized by the Gibraltar authorities in early July and released after nearly six weeks, despite a US request to keep it in detention.

Adrian Daria I, who was named Grace 1, was detained while crossing Gibraltar on suspicion that she intended to transport oil to Syria in violation of European sanctions.

Gibraltar is an autonomous region, but is part of Britain.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has sold oil, and it is now up to the oil owner and purchasers to determine (…) where it will be registered,” government spokesman Ali Rubaie said.

Rubaie did not identify the buyer or whether the shipment was made before or after the ship was detained on 4 July.

On August 15, the Gibraltar Supreme Court allowed the ship to be lifted after Tehran confirmed that the 2.1 million barrels shipment, worth an estimated 126 million euros, would not be sent to Syria.

Three days later, the ship headed for the eastern Mediterranean while its last destination remained unknown. Iranian state television quoted Rubaie as saying that “the oil owner will determine” its destination.

The Iranian spokesman confirmed that the sale and supply of this oil will be completed despite the continued monitoring of the tanker.

He also accused Washington of having threatened some countries not to receive the tanker, and considered it “further evidence of US interventions on the international stage.” The authorities of Gibraltar refused to detain the tanker again after the Supreme Court decision.

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