Middle East

Iranian tanker 'loaded with crude oil'

British Royal Marines boarded the oil tanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar and seized it. (AAP)

The government of Gibraltar says laboratory test results show a Iranian tanker seized last week was loaded to capacity with crude oil.

Tests have shown an Iranian tanker seized in Gibraltar last week was fully loaded with crude oil, the government of the British territory says.

British Royal Marines boarded the Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar on Thursday and seized it over accusations it was breaking sanctions by taking oil to Syria.

"Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar can now confirm, after having received the results of comprehensive laboratory testing, that ... the Grace 1, which was detained in the early hours of Thursday morning, is loaded to capacity with crude oil," the government said in a statement on Monday.

"The results of these tests ... contradict the statements of some commentators from outside the jurisdiction who had speculated that the cargo on the vessel was not crude."

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