Iran says oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 unloads cargo on Mediterranean coast

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-09 02:56:25|Editor: yan
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TEHRAN, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Sunday that the Iranian tanker Adrian Darya 1 has unloaded its oil cargo at a Mediterranean port, official IRNA news agency reported.

"We had already said that we would sell our oil, and acts of vexation would have no effect on our plans," Mousavi was quoted as saying.

Mousavi added that the U.S. pressure to seize the Iranian oil tanker was a violation of international maritime regulations, and such measures will only cause "trouble for those who take them."

Tanker Grace 1, which was renamed by the Iranian authorities as Adrian Darya 1, was captured by British Royal Marines in Gibraltar on July 4, reportedly under the U.S. pressure, for allegedly violating EU sanctions against Syria, a charge denied by Tehran.

The ship was released by the Gibraltar authorities on Aug. 16 and was later blacklisted by Washington.

Adrian Darya 1 went dark last week and was later photographed by a satellite near the Syrian port of Tartus.