August 31, 2019 / 12:14 AM / 3 months ago

Pompeo says U.S. believes Iranian oil tanker headed to Syria

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks following a meeting of the UN Security Council at UN headquarters in New York, U.S., August 20, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday the United States has reliable information the Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya is headed to Syria.

“We have reliable information that the tanker is underway and headed to Tartus, Syria. I hope it changes course,” Pompeo said on Twitter.

“It was a big mistake to trust Zarif,” he said referring to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who had given assurances to Britain the tanker would not sail to Syria.

Reporting by Eric Beech, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien

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