MADRID, Sep. 6 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The US State Department has confirmed that it offered the captain of the Iranian tanker Grace 1, renamed 'Adrian Darya 1', which was held by the Gibraltar authorities in July, millions of dollars in exchange for cooperation to take the ship to another country that I held it instead of Washington.
The offer would have been made to the ship's captain on August 26 in an email sent by the United States special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, as reported by the newspaper 'Financial Times'.
A spokesman for the State Department has confirmed in turn to the DPA news agency that the US authorities actually made such an offer.
Hook's message would have reached its recipient eleven days after the tanker was released by the Gibraltarian authorities, who had retained the ship on suspicion that he intended to bring oil to Syria, something that would contravene the sanctions imposed by the EU against the Bashar al Assad regime.
The captain, who did not respond to the offer, was consequently sanctioned by the US Government.
This same Thursday, the US Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, has said he has no intention of intercepting the Iranian oil tanker that is now heading towards the Greek city of Kalamata.