In a post on Twitter on Wednesday, Hamid Baeidinejad dismissed concerns raised by the UK about the ultimate destination of Adryan Darya 1, the supertanker previously known as Grace 1 which spent more than a month under a US-instructed detention by British authorities in Gibraltar, Presstv Reported.
“Despite countless threats by America, the tanker sold its oil at sea to a private company and it has clearly not breached any commitment,” said Baeidinejad after he called at the British Foreign Office to hear a complaint by London about the developments surrounding Adrian Darya 1 over the past few days.
UK foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Tuesday that Iran had shown disregard for its assurances over Adrian Darya 1.
However, Baeidinejad denied Tehran had broken assurances it had given over the vessel, telling the official IRNA agency that the oil cargo of the ship had been sold based on the preferences of the owner of the cargo who is entitled to set the sale destination.
On July 4, Britain’s naval forces unlawfully seized Grace 1 on the pretext that it had been carrying crude to Syria in violation of the European Union’s sanctions against the Arab country.
Tehran has repeatedly rejected London’s claim about the tanker’s destination while insisting that EU sanctions on Syria do not apply to third parties like Iran.
Following its release from the British detention on August 15, the ship and its journey has been subject to vast media coverage, especially in the United States, where the government has even sought to blackmail (paywall) the captain of the ship and force it to dock at a port where Washington could have it rearrested.
Iranian authorities said over the weekend that Adrian Darya 1 had discharged its oil cargo and was berthing at a Mediterranean port.
Baeidinejad said in his Wednesday tweet that he had reiterated in his meeting with Raab that Britain’s seizure of the ship carrying Iranian oil was against the international law whatsoever.