US offered ship captain money in bid to seize Iranian tanker in Gulf: Report | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

US offered ship captain money in bid to seize Iranian tanker in Gulf: Report

US representative for Iran offered 'several million' to captain of Iranian ship seized off Gibraltar, Financial Times reports.

A senior US State Department official offered money to the captain of an Iranian tanker that was seized off the coast of Gibraltar in early July as part of the Trump administration's "maximum pressure" campaign, the Financial Times newspaper reported.

Brian Hook, the US special representative for Iran, offered "several million dollars" to the captain of the Iranian Grace 1 vessel, which was detained off the coast of Gibraltar on 4 July amid suspicion it was going to deliver oil to Syria.

Hook sent an email to captain Akhilesh Kumar four days before Washington imposed sanctions on the supertanker in August, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Either Captain Akhilesh Kumar is a true Iranian patriot; or he had very clear understanding of what would happen to him, and his family, should he have taken US deal.

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