Iran says Britain might release Grace 1 oil tanker soon

  • Iran says Britain might release Grace 1 oil tanker soon

Iran says Britain might release Grace 1 oil tanker soon

The UK has seized Iran's supertanker deliberately, he deplored, adding that the documents on the settlement of the issue have already been exchanged between Iran and the UK.

Iranian reports have claimed a tanker seized by British marines will be released this evening - six weeks after it was detained off of Gibraltar.

The British overseas territory seized Iran's Grace 1 supertanker on July 4 with the help of British forces on suspicion it was shipping oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions.

"The vessel was seized based on false has not been freed yet", Eslami said.

Tehran maintains that the supertanker was not bound for Syria and its seizure has taken place at the behest of the US.

However, a senior source in the government of British overseas territory denied that would happen on Tuesday.

Britain said later on Tuesday that investigations into the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 were a matter for Gibraltar.

The news about Grace-1 has given rise to hopes about the imminent release of British vessel Stena Impero which was detained by Iran's revolutionary guards about two weeks after the Iranian oil tanker was seized.

The tankers' affair has added to worsening hostilities since Washington pulled out of an worldwide agreement curbing Iran's nuclear programme and reimposed economic sanctions.

Britain, which repeatedly ruled out any exchange and has since been giving UK-flagged vessels in the region a naval escort, joined a US-led security mission in the narrow passageway on August 5 in order to secure maritime traffic. The British Foreign Office are yet to respond to Eslami's comments concerning a potential release of Iran's oil tanker.

Millions of barrels of oil pass daily through the various bottlenecks from Middle East oil producers to markets across the globe.