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"Adrian Darya-1": Iranian tanker to have driven Syria

2019-09-07T11:40:26.084Z

For weeks, the Iranian tanker "Adrian Darya-1" is traveling the Mediterranean. Now US satellite images seem to prove that the oil tanker has set course for the Syrian coast.




US security adviser John Bolton accuses Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya-1 of heading for Syria. On Saturday, Bolton spread a satellite image via Twitter, which is to show the ship near the Syrian Mediterranean port Tartus. "Anyone who has said that" Adrian Darya-1 "would not be heading to Syria closes his eyes to the truth," he wrote.

The Tehran government believes it is more important to promote the "murderous regime" of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad than to provide for his own people. "We can talk, but Iran will not get relief from the sanctions unless it stops lying and spreads terror."

Anyone who said the Adrian Darya-1 was not headed to #Syria is in denial. Tehran thinks it's more important to fund the murderous Assad regime than provide for its own people. We can talk, but # Iran's not getting any relief from it stops lying and spreading terror! pic.twitter.com/saar05T8wt

- John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) September 6, 2019

Just a few days ago, the tanker had switched off its locating signals. Previously, he had been held in Gibraltar for more than six weeks on charges of undermining the EU embargo on Syria. The fixing of the tanker, at that time still under the name "Grace 1", had aggravated the tensions in the nuclear dispute with Iran in July. The leadership in Tehran was two weeks later in retaliation a British tanker for alleged violations of the Law of the Sea set.

The US had sanctioned the tanker so that the loaded oil would not fall into the wrong hands from the US point of view. By taking this step, the US government could impose sanctions on harbors or companies engaging in deals with the supertanker.

Iran seized "foreign traffickers"

The tensions in the Persian Gulf continue to increase: On Saturday, Iran seized a "foreign tug" in the Strait of Hormuz. Twelve Filipinos were arrested during the operation, according to news agency Isna, citing the Coast Guard chief. The tug smuggled a good 280,000 liters of oil.

Against the crew of the tractor suspected, to belong to a "smuggling ring", it was said. The ship had been set at the height of the Iranian port of Sirik.

Source: spiegel

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