U.S. Says Anyone Who ‘Touches’ Iran Tanker Risks U.S. Sanctions

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a Security Council meeting at the United Nations on August 20, 2019. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says anyone who “touches,” supports or allows an Iranian tanker carrying crude oil to dock risks U.S. sanctions.

He told reporters Tuesday that if an Iranian supertanker that left Gibraltar on Sunday again heads to Syria, “we’ll take every action we can consistent with those sanctions to prevent that.”

The Iranian vessel was detained for a month for allegedly attempting to violate European Union sanctions on Syria. Gibraltar authorities rejected U.S. attempts to seize the tanker.

Pompeo said the U.S. doesn’t want crude oil to go to Syria because it will be “off-loaded, sold, used by the Quds force, an organization that has killed countless Americans and people all across the world.”

He said he believes this rationale “is shared by the entire world.”

Syria United Nations Ambassador Bashar Jaafari, right, listen during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the Mideast, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)