DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran has actually warned the United States against any brand-new effort to take an Iranian oil tanker in open seas after it left Gibraltar, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson stated on state tv on Monday.

The Iranian tanker captured in a standoff between Tehran and the West was sailing to Greece on Monday after leaving Gibraltar, delivering information showed, hours after the British area rejected a U.S. request to apprehend the vessel further.

Asked whether the United States might restore its seizure demand after the tanker sailed from Gibraltar, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi stated: “Such an action … would threaten shipping security in ocean blues. We have actually provided a warning through authorities channels, specifically the Swiss embassy.”

Switzerland represents U.S. interests in Iran which has no diplomatic relations with the United States.

Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Jon Boyle

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