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Iranian-flagged oil tanker by US sets new destination



The saga of the Iranian-flagged oil tanker was detained in Gibraltar and the United States took place.

The crew of the Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, updated its listed destination on its Automatic Identification System to Mersin, Turkey, a port city in the country's south and home to an oil terminal.

The move just comes after its other destination – Kalamata, Greece – said

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Mersin is about 125 miles northwest of a refinery in Baniyas, Syria, where authorities alleged the Adrian Darya ̵

1; carrying 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil worth some $ 130 million – had been shipped to Gibraltar in early July.

The ship-tracking site MarineTraffic.com showed the Adrian Darya's position as just south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea. Adrian Darya would reach Mersin in about a week.

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The Adrian Darya's detention and later release by Gibraltar has added fuel to the growing tensions between Washington and Tehran, after Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Iran's 2015 nuclear deal over a year ago concerns about Iran's ballistic missile program and regional influence.

In the time since, Iran lost billions of dollars allowed by the deal, as the U.S. Tehran from selling crude oil aboard, a crucial source of hard currency for the Islamic Republic.

federal court documents, authorities allegedly the oil tanker's true owner is Iran's Revolutionary Guard, a paramilitary organization answerable only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The U.S. declared the Guard a foreign terrorist organization in April, the first time America named a military force of a nation as such, giving it the legal power to issue a warrant for the vessel's seizure.

Meanwhile, Iran continues to hold the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which it seized in a commando-style raid July 19 after the taking of Adrian Darya. Analysts suggested the release of Adrian Darya would see the Stena Impero let go, but that has yet to happen.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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