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UK News Iran releases seized UK-flagged tanker

14:15  27 september  2019
14:15  27 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A British- flagged oil tanker held by Iran since July was released Friday and was heading toward the United Arab Emirates, the company that owns Iran 's marine and port authority said the Stena Impero left Iran Friday morning. Iran seized the tanker on July 19 in the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth

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FILE - In this July 21, 2019, file photo, a speedboat of the Iran's Revolutionary Guard moves around a British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which was seized on Friday by the Guard, in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. A ship-tracking website shows a British-flagged oil tanker held by Iran since July moving for the first time in weeks. The movement of the Stena Impero on Tuesday, Sept. 24,  comes after a government spokesman in Iran on Monday said legal proceedings against the vessel had concluded.(Hasan Shirvani/Mizan News Agency via AP, File) © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this July 21, 2019, file photo, a speedboat of the Iran's Revolutionary Guard moves around a British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which was seized on Friday by the Guard, in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. A ship-tracking website shows a British-flagged oil tanker held by Iran since July moving for the first time in weeks. The movement of the Stena Impero on Tuesday, Sept. 24, comes after a government spokesman in Iran on Monday said legal proceedings against the vessel had concluded.(Hasan Shirvani/Mizan News Agency via AP, File)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A British-flagged oil tanker held by Iran since July was released Friday and was heading toward the United Arab Emirates, the company that owns the vessel said.

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Iran releases the footage of the British- flagged oil tanker Stena Impero seized in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The seizure of the British tanker came more than two weeks after British Royal Marines in Gibraltar stormed the Iran -operated supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4, seizing

An Iranian official has confirmed that all legal steps to facilitate the release of the UK - flagged oil tanker Stena Impero have been completed and the Tensions rose after British commandos and Gibraltar's authorities seized an Iranian oil tanker on 4 July which they suspected of transporting fuel

Iran's marine and port authority said the Stena Impero left Iran Friday morning. Hours earlier, the tanker had begun transmitting its location for the first time in weeks just outside the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, where it had been held since its July 19 seizure.

The head of the Swedish shipping firm Stena Bulk that owns the tanker said it "has been a long wait" for the vessel and its crew to be released.

Company president and CEO Erik Hanell said the ship's seizure "has meant an enormous pressure for us all, especially for the crew." The ship was headed to Dubai, where the crew would disembark and undergo medical checks.

Hannel said the vessel appeared to be in good condition and "hopefully it will be on duty within a week or so," speaking by telephone with Swedish television.

UK-flagged tanker seized by Iran is 'free to leave'

  UK-flagged tanker seized by Iran is 'free to leave' The British-flagged tanker Stena Impero detained by Iran more than two months ago is set to be released, Iran has said. © Sky News Screen Grab The UK-flagged Stena Impero was detained on 19 July Hamid Baeidinejad, Iran's ambassador to the UK, wrote on Twitter that "pursuant to the completion of the judicial and legal process [the tanker] is now free to leave". Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_f920f609-4923-4179-a269-d40dbf677cff").

Tanker , which was detained in July, has set a course for Dubai after Iranian officials announced it could be released . Iran says UK - flagged tanker seized in July is free to leave.

Iran has released footage of a British- flagged oil tanker which was impounded in the Strait of Hormuz after it ignored distress calls. The footage shows Iranian speedboats cruising near Stena Impero tanker as a military helicopter is flying over the vessel. An Iranian marine could be heard communicating with

The ship tracking website MarineTraffic.com showed the Stena Impero heading south from Iran at a speed of just over 14 mph (22 kph).

Iran seized the tanker on July 19 in the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which 20% of all oil passes. The raid saw commandos rappel down onto the vessel via helicopter carrying assault rifles, dramatic images later replayed on state television.

The seizure came after British marines helped take control of an Iranian supertanker on July 4. Authorities in Gibraltar, a British overseas territory, seized the ship carrying $130 million in crude oil on suspicion it was breaking European Union sanctions by taking the oil to Syria. Gibraltar later released the tanker, then called the Grace 1, after it said Iran promised the ship wouldn't go to Syria.

That ship, renamed the Adrian Darya 1, later sat off the Syrian coast, angering Britain. Iran hasn't said who purchased its 2.1 million barrels of crude oil.

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Iranian state media have released footage of the seized oil tanker Stena Impero detained in the strait of Hormuz on Friday, marking a dramatic escalation in the worsening standoff in the Gulf.

The British- flagged tanker seized by Iran ’s Revolutionary Guards more than two months ago has been released , according to Iranian officials. The takeover, which led the UK to advise its ships to temporarily avoid the strait of Hormuz, was part of a wave of sabotage attacks and seizures of ships

On Monday, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei had told journalists the Stena Impero could leave. But the ship remained outside Bandar Abbas until Friday.

Earlier this month, Iran released seven crew members of the Stena Impero. Sixteen stayed on board.

Britain has responded to Iran's release of the tanker Friday by accusing Tehran of trying to disrupt freedom of navigation.

U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the ship "was unlawfully seized by Iran."

He said the seizure was "part of a pattern of attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation. We are working with our international partners to protect shipping and uphold the international rule of law."

The ship seizures come after months of heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf, sparked by President Donald Trump's decision over a year ago to unilaterally pull out of a nuclear deal with Iran. The U.S. has imposed sanctions that have kept Iran from selling its oil abroad and have crippled its economy. Iran has since begun breaking terms of the deal.

Meanwhile, there have been a series of attacks across the Middle East that the U.S. blames on Iran. They reached their height on Sept. 14, with a missile and drone attack on the world's largest oil processor in Saudi Arabia and an oil field, which caused oil prices to spike by the biggest percentage since the 1991 Gulf War. While Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels claimed the assault, Saudi Arabia says it was "unquestionably sponsored by Iran."

Iran denies being responsible and has warned any retaliatory attack targeting it will result in an "all-out war."

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Jon Gambrell and Elena Becatoros in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark and Jill Lawless in London contributed.

Iranian president: US should end 'maximum pressure' policy .
NEW YORK (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged the United States on Thursday to "cease this policy of maximum pressure" on his nation, saying it was driving the possibility of negotiations even further away. Rouhani stuck to his insistence that U.S. sanctions must be lifted before he would talk with U.S. President Donald Trump, although he did not explicitly rule out such a meeting if they remain in place. He spoke about discussions with the leaders of France, Japan and Pakistan about trying to promote talks, and he made clear that such contacts are continuing.At a wide-ranging news conference a day after his address to the U.N.

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