United States Wanted To Seize Iranian Tanker

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UPDATE: Gibraltar officials are releasing an Iranian oil tanker only a few hours after U.S. officials asked them to seize it. So far, the Iranians have not released a British tanker they seized in retaliation. The Iranian crew was also released. The Iranian ship was seized more than a month ago on suspicion is was selling oil to Syria in violation of sanctions. Officials from the semi-autonomous British territory said the United States had applied to seize the vessel.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The United States wants an Iranian oil tanker that has been detained at Gibraltar for more than a month. The tanker was seized on the 4th of July amid claims that it was violating a European Union embargo by carrying oil to Syria.  Gibraltar has freed the crew of the Grace 1. Earlier this week the Iranian government said that the ship would be released soon however that was not confirmed by officials in Gibraltar. Now the United States has applied to seize the Grace 1, a matter that will go to the Supreme Court of Gibraltar today.

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