The US Federal Court in the District of Columbia has issued an arrest warrant for Iranian oil tanker, the Grace 1, the US Department of Justice announced in a statement.

“A seizure warrant and forfeiture complaint were unsealed today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that Oil Tanker “Grace 1,” all petroleum aboard it and $995,000.00 are subject to forfeiture based on violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), bank fraud statute, and money laundering statute, as well as separately the terrorism forfeiture statute,” the statement reads.

“The documents allege a scheme to unlawfully access the U.S. financial system to support illicit shipments to Syria from Iran by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a designated foreign terrorist organization,” according to the statement from the US Department of Justice.

“The scheme involves multiple parties affiliated with the IRGC and furthered by the deceptive voyages of the Grace 1. A network of front companies allegedly laundered millions of dollars in support of such shipments.”

On July 4, Gibraltar’s authorities detained the Grace 1 oil tanker flying the Panamanian flag on suspicion of carrying oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions. The operation involved British marines.

According to Gibraltar’s authorities, there were 28 crew members onboard the vessel, including nationals of India, Pakistan and Ukraine. In response, the Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador to Tehran. Spain’s Acting Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said that the oil tanker had been detained at the United States’ request.

Source: TASS
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Mannetjie Botha
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That says the Israeli minion America both the worlds greatest terrorist organs this world has to endure?

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Weldon Cheek

I thought the authorities had said the tanker could leave aslong as it aggreed not to go to syria? Seems the u.s. has decided to throw as many actions it can think up to try not lose even more credibility in the eyes of the world than it has accomplished over last few years!! This is another desperate act by a desperate regime to look like its holding all the cards whilst in reality those cards are being eroded constantly by the rest of the worlds use of common sense and decency,which the u.s. lacks in either case!!

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You’d like your wishful thinking to be true, wouldn’t you?
Don’t worry, John Bolton has a good recipe to restore credibility :
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When it comes to decency, it’s not in the US constitution.

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Gibraltar said on Sunday it could not comply with that request because it was bound by EU law. “The EU sanctions regime on Iran is fundamentally different to that the US,” Gibraltar said.

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WHEN IT COMES BREAKING INTERNATIONAL LAWS THE UNITED STATES HAS NO ROOM TO TALK.

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They don’t give a f*ck, what do you think is the interest of having a permanent seat at UNSC? Don’t worry, the others do exactly the same. When it comes to China or Russia, being far less democratic, you’ll just have nothing in the press… Do your homework : China is much worst than USA and 10x more hypocritical… And hello the double standards for some others : do you hear Khamenei saying anything about the 1 million Uyghurs in “re-education” camps? Let’s speak about the occupation of Tibet? China annexed the 1,228,400 km² Tibet but all of you are… Read more »