Iran’s Zarif accuses US of “piracy attempt” over tanker held in Gibraltar

Reuters | Aug 15, 2019 at 3:12 PM

DUBAI, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister accused the United States on Thursday of attempted piracy in trying to prevent Gibraltar's release of an Iranian oil tanker.

Gibraltar decided on Thursday to free the Grace 1, detained off the British overseas territory six weeks ago.

But it said the U.S. Department of Justice had applied to seize the tanker, held on suspicion of smuggling oil to Syria in breach of European Union sanctions.