- Earlier, news agencies reported the diversion of the Adrian Darya 1 oil tanker to Lebanon.
- "Trust in Mohammad Javad Zarif was a big mistake," Pompeo wrote in his Twitter post.
- The Grace 1 tanker was detained by the Gibraltar Navy on July 4 on charges of transporting oil to Syria and violating EU sanctions.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the Adrian Darya 1 oil tanker is heading to the port of Tartus in Syria. Announcing the news in a tweet, Pompeo said trusting Zarif was a mistake. Iran assured Britain that it was not going to Syria. The announcement has once again heightened the sensitivity of the removal of the Adrian Darya 1 tanker.
Earlier, news agencies reported the diversion of the Adrian Darya 1 oil tanker to Lebanon. On Saturday, AFP denied the news of the Adrian Darya 1 tanker movement to Lebanon, citing officials in that country.
Lebanese officials said the country does not buy oil from any country, and in addition, Lebanon does not have a refinery. Pompeo’s Twitter post announced the move of the tanker to the port of Tartus in Syria.
“Trust in Mohammad Javad Zarif was a big mistake,” Pompeo wrote in his Twitter post. “Mohammad Javad Zarif guaranteed to the UK that the IRGC oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 would not head to Syria. 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,” he tweeted.
It has been two weeks since the capture of the Grace 1 tanker. The tanker carries 2.1 million barrels of crude oil. The Grace 1 tanker was detained by the Gibraltar Navy on July 4 on charges of transporting oil to Syria and violating EU sanctions.
After the seizure, the tanker, under the new name “Adrian Darya 1,” with the flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran, made its way to the Mediterranean. It was initially said that the tanker was heading for Greek ports.
Greece announced after the US warning that it would not allow the tanker to sail off Greece’s coast. It was later reported that the tanker was heading to Mersin, a Turkish port. Turkey had also denied the news.
News agencies, including AFP, announced that the tanker would be diverted to Lebanon. At the same time, it was said that the redirection of the tanker to Lebanon does not necessarily mean that it will go to that country.
The US Treasury Secretary has blacklisted the tanker Adrian Darya 1 and its captain, Akhilesh Kumar. Kumar’s assets in the United States are frozen and any cooperation with him is prohibited to US companies and citizens.