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Iran on Monday announced that the 2.1 million barrels of crude aboard an Iranian oil tanker pursued by the U.S. has been sold to an unnamed buyer as the ship, at the center of a crisis roiling the region, continued its voyage in the Mediterranean Sea. The announcement by government spokesman Ali Rabiei represent just the latest twist in the saga of the Adrian Darya 1, which had been known as the Grace 1 when authorities seized the vessel off Gibraltar on July 4, on suspicion of breaking European Union sanctions targeting Syria. The seizure of the ship, and Iran’s subsequent seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker came amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran over the collapse of Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

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Playing games. Escalation may be in the near future.

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Follow the money...

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I thought oil has sold out before traveling... or they had to change the buyer?😃

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I really believe it's just a bad lie ... Mullahs don't have too much space for maneuvering ..

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Someone from China or Russia...

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This is an interesting development.  What it suggests is that Iran, alone among oil vendors, now sells oil at the port of destination.  Thus the costs and risks of shipping, presumably in Iranian-owned ships, is all upon Iran itself.  It further suggests that nobody in the industry wants to touch it until the shipment finally arrives at their unloading dock.  That way, when the British Commandos seize the ship, it will not be the coin of the buyer that is imperiled.  

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20 hours ago, Jan van Eck said:

This is an interesting development.  What it suggests is that Iran, alone among oil vendors, now sells oil at the port of destination.  Thus the costs and risks of shipping, presumably in Iranian-owned ships, is all upon Iran itself.  It further suggests that nobody in the industry wants to touch it until the shipment finally arrives at their unloading dock.  That way, when the British Commandos seize the ship, it will not be the coin of the buyer that is imperiled.  

Jan van Eck,

Do you think the US will re-capture the tanker ? 

 

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1 hour ago, Auson said:

Jan van Eck,

Do you think the US will re-capture the tanker ? 

 

No idea.   It would seem that certain figures inside the US Govt would like to see that tanker go steam back to Iran. It is not that the oil is all that interesting, it is more to be able to inflict humiliation on the Iranians.  This is likely Pompeo's doing, although  it could be anybody, even Kushner, behind the scenes.  The suggestion that nobody can "interfere on behalf of" that tanker or crew would suggest that the Greeks cannot send food and fresh water out to the crew.  That is ridiculous, but hey, "aiding the enemy" has this expansive interpretation. My guess is that none of the crew on board is actually Iranian.  They are probably Pakistani and Filipino.  So what is next on Pompeo's list:  pull the crew off and set it adrift?  Run it aground in Gaza?  He is a bit of a whacky guy. 

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2 hours ago, Jan van Eck said:

No idea.   It would seem that certain figures inside the US Govt would like to see that tanker go steam back to Iran. It is not that the oil is all that interesting, it is more to be able to inflict humiliation on the Iranians.  This is likely Pompeo's doing, although  it could be anybody, even Kushner, behind the scenes.  The suggestion that nobody can "interfere on behalf of" that tanker or crew would suggest that the Greeks cannot send food and fresh water out to the crew.  That is ridiculous, but hey, "aiding the enemy" has this expansive interpretation. My guess is that none of the crew on board is actually Iranian.  They are probably Pakistani and Filipino.  So what is next on Pompeo's list:  pull the crew off and set it adrift?  Run it aground in Gaza?  He is a bit of a whacky guy. 

Is the API of the oil not mid to heavy so its the good stuff thats in demand ?

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