|19 August, 2019

U.S. has conveyed its 'strong position' to Greece about Iranian tanker -official

Any efforts to assist the tanker could be considered as providing material support to a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization

Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 sits anchored after it was seized earlier this month by British Royal Marines off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory on suspicion of violating sanctions against Syria, in the Strait of Gibraltar, southern Spain July 20, 2019.

Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 sits anchored after it was seized earlier this month by British Royal Marines off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory on suspicion of violating sanctions against Syria, in the Strait of Gibraltar, southern Spain July 20, 2019.

REUTERS/Jon Nazca

WASHINGTON - The United States has conveyed its "strong position" to the Greek government about an Iranian tanker that sailed for Greece on Monday after it was freed from detention off Gibraltar and Washington says is carrying oil to Syria, a State Department official said.

Any efforts to assist the tanker could be considered as providing material support to a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization, which has immigration and potential criminal consequences, the official said.

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Writing by Mohammad Zargham) ((mohammad.zargham@thomsonreuters.com;))

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