Gibraltar announced that an Iranian tanker, Grace 1, detained on 4 July was “now released from detention”, while also noting that the U.S. had “requested that a new legal procedure for the detention of the vessel should be commenced”. In a statement, the State Department indicated that “the U.S. assesses that the M/T Grace 1 was assisting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) by transporting oil from Iran to Syria. This could result in serious consequences for any individuals associated with the Grace 1”. The statement went on to note that “crewmembers of vessels assisting the IRGC by transporting oil from Iran may be ineligible for visas or admission to the U.S.”, adding that “the U.S. will continue to use all the tools at its disposal to deny Iran and its proxies the resources they need to engage in malign and destabilising activities in Syria and elsewhere”.
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