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President Donald Trump says his government is imposing additional sanctions on Iran after last weekend's attack on Saudi oil facilities, which the government attributed to the Islamic Republic. (September 20)
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On Monday, Iran said the British oil tanker Stena impero was free to leave after two months of detention.

Ali Rabiyee, spokesman for the Iranian government, quoted on FARS, Iran's semi-official news agency, stating that the Iranian government had decided to tolerate the vessel's violation of maritime regulations.

Rabiyee said the ship could leave the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas in southern Iran after legal proceedings have been completed.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized the ship on July 19 and accused him of violating maritime rules and regulations in the Strait of Hormuz, FARS said at the time. The seizure of the ship occurred after the British arrest of an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar. The british released the tanker in mid-August.

The Stena Impero is a British flag, but most of its 23-member crew are Indian nationals, according to the FARS. The rest of the crew are from Russia, Latvia and the Philippines.

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In this July 21, 2019 archive photo, a boat of the Revolutionary Guard of Iran moves around a British flagged oil tanker, the Stena Impero, which has been seized by the Guard. (Hasan Shirvani / Mizan News Agency via AP, archive) (Photo: Hasan Shirvani, AP)

Tensions increased between the United States and Iran after a attack on oil facilities September 14 in Saudi Arabia, although the release of the tanker may signal a downturn in Iran.

It is not yet clear what degree of negotiation could take place between the United States and Iran after the start of the United Nations General Assembly this week.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced on September 17 that "there will be no talks with the US at any level." President Donald Trump said before leaving Sunday morning for Texas that he had no plans to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations, but "nothing is out of the question."

Contribution: Michael Collins, Deirdre Shesgreen

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