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Court documents show U.S. seeks seizure of Iranian tanker violating sanctions

Newly released U.S. court documents show the United States issued a warrant for the seizure of an Iranian tanker that British Royal Marines had seized last month in Gibraltar, citing evidence that it was transporting oil to Syria in violation of U.S. sanctions. The oil tanker Grace 1, the more… Read More

U.S. Threatens Sanctions Over Iranian Tanker After Court Release

The U.S. is gravely disappointed with the U.K. after a Gibraltar court allowed the release of an Iranian tanker suspected of hauling oil to Syria, and threatened sanctions against ports, banks and anyone else who does business with the ship or its crew, two administration officials said. The court’s decision… Read More

Iran says Britain might release oil tanker soon, Gibraltar says not yet

The British territory of Gibraltar will not yet release an Iranian oil tanker seized by Royal Marines in the Mediterranean despite an Iranian report that it could do so on Tuesday, an official Gibraltar source said. The commandeering of the Grace 1 on July 4 exacerbated frictions between Tehran and… Read More
1st August 2019
The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, targeting the country’s top spokesman and potentially hurting chances of diplomatic talks amid rising tensions between the two countries. Zarif, a critical figure in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, dismissed the action and said it would… Read More
1st August 2019
Oil tanker owners are finding a way to reduce the risks of navigating the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important — and lately most dangerous — energy chokepoint: vanish from global tracking systems. Copying from Iran’s own playbook, at least 20 ships turned off their transponders while passing through… Read More
31st July 2019
After an internal policy battle, the Trump administration is set to announce later this week that it will once again waive five different nuclear-related sanctions on Iran, preserving a key part of the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal. The decision will upset Iran hawks in Washington and be welcomed by Russia, China,… Read More
29th July 2019
Fines issued by the U.S. regulator enforcing sanctions compliance have hit a decade high at a time when the Trump administration is increasingly using sanctions as a foreign policy tool. About $1.3 billion in total penalties have been issued by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control so far… Read More
25th July 2019
The Chinese state-owned oil trading company sanctioned by the White House for violating restrictions on Iranian crude keeps a low profile. Even so, Zhuhai Zhenrong Co.’s reputation for doing business with Iran… Read More
24th July 2019
The US Treasury Department on Tuesday advised American businesses and individuals to be wary of the potential sanctions hazards linked to Iran’s aviation sector. In an advisory, the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said that entities engaged in prohibited transfers of U.S.-origin aircraft, technology and related goods,… Read More
24th July 2019
AP — A Turkish banker convicted of helping Iran evade economic sanctions has been released from a U.S. prison, his defense attorney said Tuesday. Mehmet Hakan Atilla was released from prison Friday and surrendered to U.S. immigration officials to await deportation, attorney Victor Rocco said. It was not immediately clear… Read More
23rd July 2019
The United States has sanctioned the China’s state-run energy company Zhuhai Zhenrong Co Ltd for allegedly violating restrictions imposed on Iran’s oil sector, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a speech on Monday. “We’ve said that we will sanction any sanctionable behavior, and we mean it,” Pompeo said… Read More
22nd July 2019
Standard Chartered Plc’s transactions with Iran were worth tens of billions of dollars more than previously known, a whistle-blower said in a lawsuit claiming the British bank actively pursued Iranian business in violation of U.S. sanctions. The whistle-blower, a bank executive who isn’t named in court papers,… Read More
22nd July 2019
Britain was weighing its next moves in the Gulf tanker crisis on Sunday, with few good options apparent as a recording emerged showing that the Iranian military defied a British warship when it boarded and seized a ship three days ago. Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said she would chair… Read More