August 20, 2019 / 10:09 PM / 3 months ago

U.S. will act if tanker carrying Iranian oil delivers oil - Pompeo

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

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States will take every action it can to prevent an Iranian tanker from delivering oil to Syria in contravention of U.S. sanctions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned on Tuesday.

“We have made clear that anyone who touches it, anyone who supports it, anyone who allows a ship to dock is at risk of receiving sanctions from the United States,” Pompeo told reporters. “If that ship again heads to Syria we will take every action we can consistent with those sanctions to prevent that.”

The Adrian Darya - formerly the Grace 1 - left Gibraltar on Aug. 18 and ship-tracking data showed the vessel was heading towards the Greek port of Kalamta.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols at the United Nations; Writing by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Dan Grebler

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