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Aug 15, 2019 | 12:52 GMT

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Iran, U.S.: Washington Looks to Seize Iranian Oil Tanker Held in Gibraltar

What Happened: The U.S. Justice Department has applied to seize the Grace 1 oil tanker, which British authorities have held in Gibraltar since early July, The Wall Street Journal reported Aug. 15.

Why It Matters: If London allows Washington to seize the Iranian boat, it would raise the risk of retaliatory action by Iran against the United States.

Background: British forces seized the Grace 1 on July 4 over accusations that the vessel was attempting to violate EU sanctions on Syria. Iran then captured and detained a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on allegations that it was violating international maritime rules.

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