Gibraltar Government Not Confirming Officially Plans to Release Iran's Grace 1 Tanker

Gibraltar Government Not Confirming Officially Plans to Release Iran's Grace 1 Tanker

"We in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps are in charge of providing security for the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf, and there is no need for strangers", Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said, according to the semi-official Iranian Students' News Agency.

Jalil Eslami, deputy head of Iran's maritime agency, said Tuesday that the tanker, Grace 1, would soon be released by Gibraltar authorities.

Iran condemned the move as "piracy" and called for the immediate release of the tanker, stressing that the tanker was not headed to Syria.

The Gibraltar government says it is seeking to "deescalate" the situation over the Grace 1.

Earlier reports in Iranian media suggested that the Iranian oil tanker-detained by Gibraltar because it had "reasonable grounds" to believe that the Iranian ship Grace 1 was violating European Union sanctions against Syria-could be released as soon as on Tuesday evening.

Tensions have risen between Iran and the West after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of a 2015 landmark nuclear agreement which curbed Tehran's atomic program in return for an easing of economic sanctions.

The Gibraltar government does not officially confirm reports that it intends to release Iran's Grace 1 supertanker later on Tuesday, an official representative of Gibraltar told Sputnik.

Following Iran's move to capture a British oil tanker that had violated the maritime law in the Strait of Hormuz, the USA and the United Kingdom tried to carry out a plan for restrictions on maritime traffic in the strait, but their ploy ended in failure after it was given the cold shoulder by other countries, Eslami added.

"We hope that the problem will be resolved in the near future and that the ship can continue sailing with the flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran", he said.

On August 6, Israeli regime's Foreign Minister Israel Katz said that they will be part of the US-led anti-Iran coalition.



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