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Iran Releases British Crew
News Bytes 09/6/2019 6 Comments

Iran’s nuclear talks with several European nations are falling apart. In the midst of the intense discussions, Iran released crew members from a detained ship in a supposed goodwill gesture yesterday.

Seven of the 23 sailors aboard the British oil tanker Stena Impero flew out of Iran after being released, says Erik Hanell, chief executive officer of the shipping company.

The crew members “are now travelling to a safe location where they will be reunited with their families,” Hanell says. “They will receive medical checks and a debriefing before being repatriated (sent back) to their home countries at the earliest opportunity.”

Iran seized the tanker in July, claiming it violated Iranian laws. The capture came after authorities in the British territory of Gibraltar seized a ship apparently carrying fuel to Syria. That ship was in violation of an European Union ban on oil sales to the Syrian government. British officials released that Iranian vessel in August.

For now, the remaining 16 British crew members will stay onboard the Stena Impero.

Meanwhile, Iranian officials say the deadline to salvage the nuclear talks expires today. Iran has long insisted its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. Officials deny the country seeks an atomic bomb.

Because of Iran’s refusal to stick to the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal, the United States continues to try to choke off Iran’s crude oil sales abroad. Those sales are a crucial source of Iran’s revenue. Iran’s atomic energy agency could make an announcement on Saturday detailing its next step. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani describes that move as highly significant.

“We will sell our oil, one way or the other,” Zarif says. “The United States will not be able to prevent that.”

(In this June 13, 2019, photo, an oil tanker is on fire in the Gulf of Oman. Iran stands poised on Friday, September 6, 2019, to further break the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. AP Photo/ISNA, File)

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That's Great for the 7 crew members but what about the others?! i think Iran should Free ALL of them!! I hope there not torturing them over there!!!
this quote: “We will sell our oil, one way or the other,” “The United States will not be able to prevent that.” That sounds dangerous. I hope no more people are imprisoned and Iran will straiten them out!
*1st comment*

This sounds pretty scary...

I'm happy for the people who got released, but like Nadia A. said, what about the others? I wish Iran would stop all of the nuclear stuff and oil selling. None of what they are doing sounds good.

I wish they would treat the

I wish they would treat the people like normal people, not trapping them so they can't leave. At least they opened up and let some people go.

Janna (Daniel's sister)

Iran =( Hope Iran will quit being bad soon, or there might be a World War III.

@ Janna

You are right

Oh no!

I can't believe Iran is doing things like that! It's terrible also how they treat Christians in that country, we should all pray for them! Especially them because God tells us to pray for our enemies!

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