Iran has warned the US of âgrave consequencesâ if it tries to seize an oil tanker that was freed by Gibraltar on Sunday night.
Gibraltar freed the Grace-1 â” which has been renamed Adrian Darya 1 â” around 11pm Sunday, more than six weeks after it was stopped by British Marines on suspicion of violating EU sanctions against Syria.
The move came despite a last-minute attempt by America to block the tankerâs release, with a warrant for its seizure issued by a Washington court for violating US sanctions against all Iranian oil exports.
Gibraltar said it could not comply with the order because it is bound by EU law, which does not recognise the US sanctions.
Speaking on Monday, Iranâs foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said: âIran has given necessary warnings to American officials through its official channels.
âDo not make the mistake [of trying to seize the tanker] because it would have grave consequences.â
Gibraltar agreed to release the tanker after Iran gave assurances it would not head to Syria. Its official destination is now listed as Greece.
Adrian Darya 1 was first seized on July 4, prompting Iran to seize the British-flagged, Swedish owned Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz on July 20.
The tit-for-tat seizures ramped up tensions around the Persian Gulf, which had already been high after the US ripped up the Iran nuclear deal.
It forced Britain to deploy and extra warship to the Gulf â” the HMS Duncan â” in order to guarantee the safety of its ships.
The fate of the Stena Impero, which is still being held under Iranian guard, has not been made not clear despite the Darya being released.
LINK ORIGINAL: The st Kitts Nevis Observer