Pompeo says oil from the Adrian Darya 1 tanker offloaded in Syria

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that oil from the Adrian Darya 1 Iranian tanker has been offloaded in Syria, calling on the EU to condemn and hold Iran accountable.

“Oil from the Adrian Darya 1 has been offloaded in Syria, proving that Iran lied to the UK and Gibraltar,” he tweeted.

“This terrorist oil will fund Assad’s war and Iran’s sectarian violence. EU members should condemn this action, uphold the rule of law, and hold Iran accountable,” he added.

The United Kingdom seized the tanker in July off the coast of Gibraltar in July. After authorities received formal written assurances from Tehran that the ship would not discharge 2.1 million barrels of oil in Syria, the vessel was released.

But in September, Britain’s foreign minister said the tanker had sold its crude oil to the Assad regime in Syria, breaking those assurances.

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