Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that his country would sell its oil “to any party willing to buy.”
This came in a tweet posted by Zarif in response to the tweet of his US counterpart Mike Pompeo in which he stated that the Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya-1 is heading to Syria.
Zarif indicated that the United States is trying to prevent Iran from selling oil to its traditional customers using piracy and threats.
Pompeo tweeted on Friday saying: “Zarif guaranteed to the UK that the IRGC oil tanker AdrianDarya1 would not head to Syria.”
He added: “We have reliable information that the tanker is underway and headed to Tartus, Syria. I hope it changes course. It was a big mistake to trust Zarif.”
The Gibraltar authorities released the tanker in mid-August after being detained since 4 July on suspicions that it was transporting Iranian oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.
The Gibraltar authorities also rejected a US request to confiscate the tanker, due to European legal restrictions.
Following the refusal, a US court issued the confiscation order.
It is noteworthy that Iran changed the name of the tanker from “Grace 1” to “Adrian Darya-1” after the authorities in Gibraltar decided to release it. – Middle east Monitor