Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi has announced that the super tanker Adrian Darya 1 has made it to its destination, and delivered its oil cargo.
The spokesman did not clarify whether the ship’s crude oil cargo has been delivered, and did not specify the destination country, but did say the ship had docked on the Mediterranean coast.
Mousavi also expressed hope that the Stena Impero, a British-flagged oil tanker seized by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz, would soon be released after going through the necessary legal steps.
In July the British tanker allegedly violated maritime rules after colliding with an Iranian fishing boat. Last week, the press attache from the Russian Embassy in Tehran said seven Stena Impero crew members, including a Russian national, had left Iran.
Earlier, Iran said that 16 other crew members had been told to remain aboard so that the vessel could leave port after being released.
Trump’s National War Security Adviser John Bolton posted a satellite image allegedly showing the ship sitting off the coast of Syria, where the Russians have military bases.
Last week, it was reported that the Adrian Darya 1 was travelling somewhere between Cyprus and Syria, with its transponder turned off and its exact location unknown amid US threats to arrest the commercial vessel, and to sanction any country where the ship docks.
In May, the USA scrapped waivers issued to over half a dozen major purchasers of Iranian oil, and threatened to slap sanctions on buyers if they continued to do business with the Islamic Republic.
China has been the only major buyer of Iranian oil to ignore the sanctions, although it too has reduced imports to about half of their pre-sanctions levels, but on the other hand now receives Venezuelan oil delivered by Russia.
The USA has repeatedly accused Iran of planning to ‘go back on’ its alleged commitments not to allow the Adrian Darya 1, previously known as the Grace 1, to sail to Syria following its British release from detention in Gibraltar last month.
According to Mandelker, Iranian oil sales abroad have dropped substantially thanks to US global pressure on the hostile economic embargo. The official said the US would continue imposing sanctions on “whoever” buys Iranian crude oil.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2019.