(Persia Digest) – Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization Deputy has announced that the Grace 1 oil tanker sill soon be released.

Speaking about the Grace 1 oil tanker seized by Britain in Gibraltar, Jalil Eslami said: “The British seized the Iranian tanker for the wrong reasons and due to bias. But they have shown a willingness to resolve the situation. The two sides have exchanged documents and the Iranian-flagged tanker will soon continue on its route.”

He reminded: “After the British tanker was seized in the Persian Gulf, the Americans and the British sought to ban shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. But no countries joined them and their plan failed.”

He stated that Iranian forces have kept the Persian Gulf safe for world shipping, adding: “No country should be worried about their ships in the Persian Gulf.”


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Persia Digest (PD) reports, the British seized Grace 1 in the Strait of Gibraltar on 4 July carrying two million barrels of oil under pretext that it was breaking the sanctions imposed on Syria. Iran called it an act of piracy. The Iranian President addressed the British by saying: “You are the initiators of insecurity in the Persian Gulf and you will understand the consequences later.” A few days later, a British oil tanker breaking maritime laws was seized in the Persian Gulf by the IRGC.

Iran stated that the British tanker was navigating in the opposite direction in the Strait of Hormuz and had turned off its GPS, paying no heed to warnings.

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