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Iran calls for compensation for Gibraltar tanker seizure

Iranian officials have welcomed the release of the Iranian tanker seized by the UK.
A crew member takes pictures with a mobile phone on Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1, previously named Grace 1, as it sits anchored after the Supreme Court of the British territory lifted its detention order, in the Strait of Gibraltar, Spain, August 18, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC1491345A00

The Iranian tanker seized by the United Kingdom off of the coast of Gibraltar has been released despite US objections.

The UK had originally seized the Iranian tanker, called Grace 1, after claiming that the ship was headed to Syria, a country under EU sanctions. In response, Iran seized a UK tanker in the Persian Gulf for “shipping violations” while traveling through the Strait of Hormuz. After the UK released the Iranian tanker, the United States issued a warrant for the tanker. According to Chief Minister of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo, the tanker is now headed for Greece, though Iran stated that the "cargo on board will not be made available to any EU-sanctioned entity." 

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