WASHINGTON, Sep. 13 (Reuters / EP) –
The US authorities have said Thursday that they have evidence that the Iranian oil tanker 'Adrian Darya 1', formerly 'Grace 1', has sold oil to the Syrian government despite the fact that the Gibraltarian authorities allowed him to continue his journey under the promise that it would not violate EU sanctions on Syria.
State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus has indicated that “the Iranian regime has delivered oil to Syria, a crude that will go directly to the tanks of the troops that are torturing innocent Syrians.” “I wouldn't say it if we didn't have evidence,” he said.
On Tuesday, the State Department did not confirm that such a transaction had occurred and merely suggested it. That same day, the United Kingdom summoned the Iranian ambassador to London in protest to the sale of Iranian oil to Syria.
However, the Iranian ambassador has assured that the oil carrying the 'Adrian Darya 1', blocked for more than a month from Gibraltar, was sold at sea to a private company. Thus, Tehran has been unmarked of a possible breach of commitments.