US moves to block release of Iranian vessel in Gibraltar

Court decision on fate of Grace 1, which was seized by UK Royal Marines, due on Thursday

The US has applied to a court in Gibraltar to seize an Iranian tanker detained for breaching international sanctions on oil shipments as it ratchets up pressure on Iran and Syria.

Trump administration officials told the Guardian that the surprise US request was consistent with wider efforts to intensify the effect of existing Western economic sanctions on the two countries.

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