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British special forces seize oil tanker for busting Syria sanctions

The seizure, announced by Gibraltar's government, could inflame tensions between Iran and the EU just as the UK, France and Germany try to keep Iran from walking away from the nuclear deal

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British special forces seized a supertanker off Gibraltar suspected of carrying Iranian oil to in violation of European and US sanctions against the war-torn country. Grace 1, which can hold 2 million barrels of crude, is now anchored near Gibraltar, a British overseas territory in southern Spain that controls the strait between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

The vessel is registered in Panama. The seizure, announced by Gibraltar’s government, could inflame tensions between and the EU just as the UK, France and Germany try to keep the Islamic Republic from walking away from the nuclear deal. The US quit the pact a year ago prompting to significantly increase uranium enrichment in response.



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First Published: Thu, July 04 2019. 22:11 IST