Iran warns US against seizing tanker

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Despite the tanker's release, Iran still faced a dilemma over its ultimate destination and that of its oil.

Tehran said it had warned its arch-foe Washington against attempting to seize an Iranian tanker, which sailed into international waters Monday after being released from Gibraltar.

Gibraltar's government rejected the request, saying it could not seek a court order to detain the ship because US sanctions against Iran were not applicable in the European Union. But the final destination of the vessel and its 2.1 million barrels of oil remains unclear, with authorities in Greece yet to confirm it is expected to dock there.As the ship finally sailed eastward, Iran said it had warned the United States through the Swiss embassy in Tehran, which represents US interests, against trying to seize it again.

"The court is looking into it. We hope the is completed as soon as possible and the verdict is issued.""The Americans have not been very successful with their unilateral sanctions that have no legal basis. "Now following the release of the ship, the Islamic Republic of Iran should seek damages," he told state television.

"Now because of US sanctions we cannot be very transparent with the destination of our oil," he told a news conference in Helsinki.

 

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