UK Wants Iran Tanker Guarantees
(Bloomberg) -- The U.K. will facilitate the release of the tanker if it received "guarantees that it would not be going to Syria," Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a tweet Saturday, after a phone call with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
1/2 Just spoke to Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif. Constructive call. I reassured him our concern was destination not origin of the oil on Grace One &that UK would facilitate release if we received guarantees that it would not be going to Syria, following due process in Gib courts— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 13, 2019
2/2 Was told by FM Zarif that Iran wants to resolve issue and is not seeking to escalate. Also spoke to @FabianPicardo who is doing an excellent job co-ordinating issue and shares UK perspective on the way forward.— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 13, 2019
Fabian Picardo, chief minister of Gibraltar, agrees that it’s important to deescalate "the current situation as quickly as possible, while noting the importance of Gibraltar enforcing EU sanctions against Syria through its legal processes," Hunt said in an emailed statement later Saturday.
The incident has heightened frictions just as European nations scramble to salvage a landmark nuclear accord with the Islamic Republic.
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