The Iranian oil tanker saga, briefly detained in Gibraltar and sought by the United States amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington, took a different turn on Saturday.
The crew of Adriana Darya 1, formerly known as Grace 1, updates the specified destination of its automatic identification system to Mersin, Turkey, a port city in the south of the country and home to an oil terminal.
The transfer comes days after his second appointment – Kalamata, Greece – he said he would not risk his relations with the United States by helping him.
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The marine tracking website MarineTraffic.com shows Adrian Darya's position south of Sicily in the Mediterranean. At current speeds, he estimated that Adriana Darya would reach Mersin in about a week.
The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment, the AP reported.
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Detention and later release of Adriana Daria from Gibraltar withdrew America from Iran's nuclear deal in 2015 with world powers more than a year ago over concerns over Iran's ballistic missile program and regional influence.
Iran then lost billions of dollars in business deals resolved by the deal after the US again imposed and imposed sanctions, largely blocking Tehran from selling crude oil on board, a crucial source of hard currency for the Islamic Republic.
Authorities in US federal court documents state that the real owner of the oil tanker is the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, a paramilitary organization responsible only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The US declared the Guard a foreign terrorist organization in April, the first time America has designated a nation's military power as such, giving it the legal power to issue a seizure order. However, this will require another nation to recognize the document.
CLICK HERE to Receive FOX NEWS App Adriana Darya. Analysts have suggested that the release of Adriana Darya will allow Stena Impero to come out, but that has not yet happened.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.