[size=36]Washington: Britain's decision on the tanker "unfortunate"[/size]
expressed the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on Monday, expressed regret for the launch of the British Gibraltar authorities released the Iranian oil tanker after being held for weeks.
Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News that the British government's decision was "very unfortunate."
He added that the sale of Tehran oil transported by this tanker will allow it to contribute to the financing of the Iranian armed forces, which "planted terror and destruction and killed Americans around the world."
Tehran said on Monday it had warned Washington against making another attempt to seize its tanker, which sailed from Gibraltar after six weeks in detention.
The release of the tanker came despite a US request to detain her again on charges of involvement in the transfer of illegal shipments to Syria through the Iranian Revolutionary Guards listed on the list of terrorist groups in Washington.
The Gibraltar authorities rejected the US request, stressing that it was not possible to issue a court order to detain the tanker again because US sanctions against Tehran do not apply in the European Union.
Iran has been locked in a naval confrontation with US ally Britain since the British navy seized the Iranian tanker off the British coast of Gibraltar on July 4 on suspicion of transporting oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.
Two weeks later, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards seized a British-flagged oil tanker.
Tensions between the United States and Iran have escalated since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew in May 2018 from the nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions on Tehran in the face of Iranian threats.