United Kingdom summons Iranian ambassador after tanker goes to Syria

UK condemns Iran over oil delivery to Assad regime

Britain has accused Iran of flagrantly breaching assurances it would not sell oil to Syria from an Iranian tanker released by authorities in Gibraltar on the condition that the 2.1m barrels of oil would not be sold to the "murderous regime" of Bashar al-Assad.

In mid-August, a Gibraltar court ordered the vessel's release against United States objections, after authorities said they had received assurances from Iran that the ship would not proceed to Syria.

Satellite images appeared to show the vessel off the Syrian coast on Friday.

The ship, seized in July with the help of UK Royal Marines, was released after Iran gave written assurances that it was not bound for Syria.

No.6 Convent Place said it would await the outcome of the meeting between the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab and the Iranian Ambassador to London before jumping to judgment.

Raab said in a statement that Iran had broken a promise that oil aboard the Adrian Darya 1 would not go to Syria.

"This sale of oil to (Bashar) Assad's brutal regime is part of a pattern of behavior by the government of Iran created to disrupt regional security", he said.

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During that period he led a team responsible for Saudi Arabia's oil strategy as well as long term Opec strategy. Crude prices have stabilized around $60 a barrel, about $20 below what the kingdom needs to balance its budget.

The Trump administration past year unilaterally pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and Western powers, and is pursuing a campaign to bring Iran's exports to zero.

The UK also said if were to backtrack on their assurances they would be in "violation of worldwide norms and a morally bankrupt course of action".

"Iran's actions represent an unacceptable violation of global norms", the statement said.

In retaliation, Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz leading into the Gulf.

Britain is pursuing a policy of maximum economic pressure on Iran in a bid to force Tehran to renegotiate the nuclear deal the joint comprehensive plan of action nuclear deal signed in 2015.

The US has said they would impose sanctions on any buyer of the oil.

The tanker was detained in Gibraltar for allegedly breaking sanctions on Syria.

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