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US slaps crew of Iranian supertanker with visa ban after it set sail from Gibraltar

RT | August 16, 2019

Hours after Washington failed to persuade the Gibraltar authorities to not release the Iranian oil tanker, the State Department warned that anyone linked to the vessel will not be able to travel to the US.

Unable to stop the Iranian supertanker Grace 1 from leaving Gibraltar, the US will target its crew, comprised of Indian, Filipino, Latvian, and Russian citizens. The sailors are now accused of aiding Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), labeled as a “terrorist organization” by the US.

“Crewmembers of vessels assisting the IRGC by transporting oil from Iran may be ineligible for visas or admission to the United States under the terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds,” a statement released by the State Department reads.

On Thursday, Washington unsuccessfully sought the seizure of the Grace 1, filing a request that formally postponed the lifting of Gibraltar’s detention order by a few hours. Iran’s ambassador to the UK, Hamid Baeidinejad, called Washington’s move “its desperate, last-minute efforts, intended to prevent the release of the [Grace 1] oil tanker from detention,” which ended in “humiliation.”

Nevertheless, the authorities chose not to bow to the US pressure and allowed the Panamanian-flagged ship to finally set sail.

The Grace 1 was seized by the British Royal Marines outside of Gibraltar in early July, prompting Tehran to retaliate in kind by capturing a British-flagged vessel in the Persian Gulf two weeks later. The seizures added fuel to the simmering feud between Iran and the West, prompting the UK to seek to defuse the tensions.

August 16, 2019 - Posted by | Aletho News | ,

6 Comments »

  1. The Trump Administration is utterly inept. The State Department is a conduit for lies. The US is just fishing for a way to precipitate “war”, i.e. bombing innocent people into eternity. As usual, one is embarrassed to be identified as an American!

    Comment by ontogram | August 16, 2019 | Reply

  2. “The sailors are now accused of aiding Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), labeled as a “terrorist organization” by the US”.

    “The crimes of the USA throughout the World have been systematic, constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully documented, but nobody talks about them.”……Harold Pinter.

    “There is something wrong with a Regime that requires a pyramid of corpses every few years”…..G Orwell.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | August 16, 2019 | Reply

  3. Most Americans truly believe everyone wants to come to the USA. Sorry folks but I bet these sailors are laughing themselves to death.

    Comment by GGH | August 16, 2019 | Reply

  4. How creative and brave — How Pompeo/Bolton-Ballsy — of the country of my birth and current/ongoing endless shame and distaste. I’d laugh in cynical incredulity if I weren’t crying.

    Thanks to RT and Aletho News…REAL news.

    Comment by roberthstiver | August 17, 2019 | Reply

  5. “Crewmembers of vessels assisting the IRGC by transporting oil from Iran may be ineligible for visas or admission to the United States under the terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds,” a statement released by the State Department reads.

    “the US will target its crew, comprised of Indian, Filipino, Latvian, and Russian citizens. The sailors are now accused of aiding Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)”,

    I imagine that those(Most Likely, very low paid sailors) couldn’t care less about the IRGG. They’re probably just trying to feed their children. But that wont stop the US State Department of “Demonizing” them, will it?

    There’s no such thing as bad propaganda, is there?

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | August 17, 2019 | Reply

    • You see — it’s threats, intimidation and extortion with the Trump Administration and Security Police State. Without referencing terrorism, Iran, or visas, the US might have offered the crew employment and a good wage.

      America has become a nightmare of course to peoples throughout the world, but now also a nightmare for Americans.

      Comment by ontogram | August 17, 2019 | Reply


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