Gibraltar extends detention of Iranian tanker for a month

Iran & Gibraltar hold ‘positive’ meeting on detained supertanker

The Iranian tanker was seized earlier this month by British Royal Marines off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory of Gibraltar on suspicion of violating sanctions in opposition to Syria.

Britain said it was urgently seeking further information after a British-flagged tanker took a sudden turn into Iranian waters.

"The Chief Minister met yesterday in London with Iranian officials to discuss matters related to the detention of Grace 1 and to seek to de-escalate all aspects of the issues arising", a spokesman said.

The meetings in London came a day after the Gibraltar delegation held talks on Brexit and the detention of the supertanker Grace 1 with Prime Minister Theresa May.

Last week, London said three Iranian vessels tried to block a British-owned tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz, but backed off when confronted by a Royal Navy warship.

While the capture of the Grace 1 was based on Britain still technically being in the European Union and the European Union not wanting Syria to have any oil, the move against the MT Riah still has a lot of questions, with Iran's Foreign Ministry previously denying it happened, and still not having explained the confusion since then. He tweeted that he promised he would "facilitate" the release of the tanker "if we received guarantees that it would not be going to Syria".

Iran's supreme leader threatened to seize a British oil tanker if the Grace 1 was not released.

ROGUE State Iran has sensationally seized a British oil tanker on the Strait of Hormuz according to Iranian state TV.

The US military, which maintains a naval base in the Gulf and regularly patrols the area, said it will work "aggressively" with allies to ensure safe civilian shipping in the region. It said the ship had been transferred to the country's maritime authorities.

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