UK summons Iran ambassador, says assurances over oil tanker breached

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Meanwhile, Kpler says that Iran also transfers oil cargos from one tanker to another in the middle of the sea, to avoid possible punishment.

Tehran acknowledged at the weekend the oil had been sold and the reflagged tanker Adrian Darya 1, previously known as Grace 1, had reached its final destination, after the ship had been photographed off the coast of Syria.

In mid-August, a Gibraltar court ordered the vessel's release against USA objections, after authorities said they had received assurances from Iran that the ship would not proceed to Syria.

Britain said it had summoned the Iranian Ambassador to condemn Iran's actions and would raise the issue at the United Nations later this month.

"We have reason to believe that there may have been an additional VLCC [Very Large Crude Carriers] discharge into China from Iran in August; however we are unable to get confirmation yet and so have not included it in our assessments", Kpler reports.

It said Britain would raise the issue at the United Nations, with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab warning that it was part of a "pattern of behaviour. created to disrupt regional security".

"Iran has shown complete disregard for its own assurances over Adrian Darya 1", British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Tuesday.

The seizure of the tanker escalated tensions as Iran later seized the British-flagged Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz, a strategically important shipping route in the Gulf region.

"We want Iran to come in from the cold but the only way to do that is to keep its word and comply with the rules based global system", Raab also said.

If India defies the USA sanctions, it would take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Iranian oil and gas sectors, Iran's Ambassador to India Ali Chegini was quoted as saying. The British territory later released the vessel after authorities there said Iran promised the oil wouldn't go to Syria.

The incidents stem at least in part from U.S. President Donald Trump's withdrawal past year from the 2015 worldwide nuclear agreement aimed at restraining Tehran's nuclear weapons program.



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