Iran has warned the US against attempts to capture the Iranian oil tanker, which had previously been detained by Britain and Gibraltar, PressTV reported.
According to the press secretary of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Abbas Mousavi, Tehran sent necessary warnings to the American authorities through official channels, not to take unreasonable actions, as they will face adverse consequences.
British naval forces illegally seized on July 4, the vessel Adrian Darya 1 (Grace 1) in the Strait of Gibraltar under the pretext of suspicion of oil being transported to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.
On Thursday, the Gibraltar government announced the release of the tanker, despite pressure from the US. The announcement was made just before the US Justice Department issued an arrest warrant for the ship. The Gibraltar government said last Sunday that it rejected the request, saying that the EU sanctions regime against Iran is fundamentally different from the US sanctions regime.
Al-Musawi said the US request to detain the ship was illegal.
We hope that countries will respond to unilateral US sanctions in a legitimate way and reject them because the sanctions have no reason, the representative said.