Iran Mocks US After It Failed to Pay Off Oil Tanker

The Indian captain took US sanctions instead of 15 million dollars

“With this money you can have any life you wish and be well-off in old age. If you choose not to take this easy path, life will be much harder for you.”

Iran’s top diplomat issued his latest condemnation of the United States as President Donald Trump’s administration resorted to offering cash to sailors in exchange for exposing the Islamic Republic’s activities.

Financial Times published a report Wednesday quoting an alleged August 26 email from U.S. special envoy on Iran Brian Hook, in which he offered “good news” to the Indian captain of Iranian oil supertanker Adrian Darya 1previously known as Grace 1—in the form of millions of dollars in exchange for steering the ship to a port in which it would be seized. Hook was said to have written in a follow-up email that, “With this money you can have any life you wish and be well-off in old age,” but also warned, “If you choose not to take this easy path, life will be much harder for you.”

The offer was reportedly part of a wider campaign aimed at the maritime community. Shortly after, the Treasury Department announced sanctions Friday against the ship and its captain, which were detained in July by U.K. authorities in Gibraltar for allegedly trying to transport oil to European Union-sanctioned Syria but released last month in defiance of a U.S. request to hold the vessel.

“Having failed at piracy, the US resorts to outright blackmail—deliver us Iran’s oil and receive several million dollars or be sanctioned yourself. Sounds very similar to the Oval Office invitation I received a few weeks back.” Zarif tweeted, referring to proposed White House talks that were rejected ahead of his own blacklisted by the Treasury Department. “It is becoming a pattern.”

The U.S. has rolled out mounting sanctions against Iran since withdrawing from a 2015 nuclear deal signed by the two countries, along with China, the EU, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K. The Trump administration has accused Tehran of continuing to pursue a nuclear weapon—something it has always denied seeking—as well as supporting militant groups and developing missile technology.

The agreement’s other signatories continue to support the deal, however, even as Europe struggled to implement promised trade ties under the threat of U.S. sanctions and Iran began to surpass uranium enrichment limits in response. Tensions have particularly risen in the Persian Gulf, where the U.S. has bolstered its military presence and has accused Iran of disrupting commercial traffic near the world’s most crucial oil chokepoint, the Strait of Hormuz.

The Adrian Darya 1‘s seizure in Gibraltar came at a high point for regional unrest and was followed up weeks later by the Revolutionary Guards’ detaining of the U.K.-flagged Stena Impero, which was accused of endangering maritime traffic in the Strait of Hormuz. Weeks after the Adrian Darya 1‘s release, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi told local state-run media Wednesday that the Stena Impero‘s case was still being reviewed in court, but Iran has agreed to release seven crewmembers of Indian nationality.

Despite being let go by the U.K., Adrian Darya 1 has remained in the U.S.’ sights as it reportedly turned off its transponder heading toward the Eastern Mediterranean region, settling in the waters off of Lebanon and Syria. Iranian officials have insisted the ship was not heading toward Syria, but has argued that it had the right to as Iran was not subject to EU sanctions.

Back in Washington, Hook announced on Wednesday “a reward of up to $15 million for any person who helps us disrupt the financial operations of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and Quds Force,” both designated terrorist organizations by the Trump administration in an unprecedented move against another country’s armed forces in April.

Hook said the reward, also deemed “historic,” includes information pertaining to the Adrian Darya 1 and “gives members of the maritime community a new tool to help us combat Iran’s oil-for-terror network” He said that “over 100 individuals” have been paid as part of the Rewards for Justice Program, which has spent “over $150 million” in total. The program’s official website listed examples of potential targets including front companies, entities, institutions and donors involved with the Revolutionary Guards’ finances.

Mousavi said Wednesday in a tweet that he “strongly condemns” Hook’s remarks, calling them a “hopeless and desperate attempt to influence the Iranian nation that will never succeed.”

Source: Newsweek

  1. Séamus Ó Néill says

    …..well there you have it, America, the world’s no 1 terrorist state in all its unadulterated glory. Not content with its psychopathic rampaging around the world, its genocide of countless millions, its illegal trade wars and sanctions, its illegal embargoes,etc etc, it now wants to return to “Wild West” gangsterism, with bounty hunters, a posse or two, ransoms etc etc…..your undoubted insanity is only surpassed by your inability to understand the stupidity of your actions

    1. DarkEyes says

      Poor Bolton!

  2. Mikhail Garchenko says

    (…my “middle finger” for you, stupid “gringo”..! 😀 )

  3. DarkEyes says

    The captain shows the world the right spirit and attitude.

    My respect to the captain and his crew.

    Here is a blatant show how the US is acting when to get what it wants: bribing politicians, CEOs, etc.

    But no Sea-captains, bravo”

  4. skinnerreturns says

    What could a poor, debt ridden US citizen do with $15M?

  5. skinnerreturns says

    Is there a problem with my commenting?

  6. skinnerreturns says


  7. skinnerreturns says

    What the duck is the mod up too?

  8. skinnerreturns says

    The US should be careful that Iran doesn’t offer $15M to US citizens.

    How much did it cost McVeigh to knock over govt buildings.

  9. skinnerreturns says

    Have I been banned from commenting?

    A bit of notice would be nice.

  10. skinnerreturns says

    What is the problem with commenting?

  11. Andrew Earl says

    why is the world saddled with this evil nation [USA]?

    1. DarkEyes says

      USA a nation?
      USA means and stands for: the United States of America unincorporated.

      USA consists of fifty states of the United States of America.
      Every state is independent with its own government etc.

      The fifty states together made a contract with US incorporated that will take care of some and certain services which seems better to be done by one entity.
      Thus the US is working on a Service Contract for the fifty states of the United States of America. US is run by the Queen of England and the Pope of the Vatican.

      Here is the thing.
      USA is not an evil nation. Nation USA does not exist.
      If you use US than you are correct. US is a seperate entity situated in District of Columbia with its capitol Washington in D.C. The people living in DC are US-citizens. The people living in one of the fifty states of the USA are no US-citizens but belong to the organic state they were born.

      (No offence).

  12. John C Carleton says

    Few million fiat Not federal, No reserves and Not a bank “dollars” are easy for the USA, a foreign to America, sub corporation of the British Empire occupying America by force, to come up with.
    Cut down some trees, get some ink, run the printing presses.

    It is not like the fake money is backed up of anything of intrinsic value.

    Smart Captain.
    His honor is worth more than some ink and paper.

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  13. ArcAngel says

    “With this money you can have any life you wish and be well-off in old age. If you choose not to take this easy path, life will be much harder for you.”…..
    This is Satan/Lucifer/Demonic insanity at work, a perfect example on how the Devil operates. Disgustingly vile.
    I arrived at a point, a long time ago, that I now longer read the quotes by these psychopaths, just gloss over, as NOTHING has changed in the style and level of idiocy displayed by the MSM and the vile sociopaths they are quoting since the turn of the century. I was bad back in the 20th century, but this vile insanity has reach stratospheric levels.
    The Wests has gone completely mad. And everyone knows it.

    1. skinnerreturns says

      Well said.

    2. skinnerreturns says

      Well said.

  14. John Rourke says

    easy to print paper that most countries will accept..

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  16. chris chuba says

    Good for Newsweek for reporting this straight as opposed to FOX. Pity that FOX is so popular but at least they deserve a clean conscience.

    1. DarkEyes says

      I wonder why Newsweek is reporting this straight.

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