Iran Tanker Sought by US Now off Lebanese Coast

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A view of the Grace 1 super tanker with the name "Adrian Darya 1" over the place where "Grace 1" had already been blackened out is seen in the British territory of Gibraltar, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Marcos Moreno)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The latest on developments around escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf aid crisis between Tehran and Washington (all times local):

12:20 p.m.

An Iranian oil tanker pursued by the U.S. that has been traveling across the Mediterranean Sea is now off the coast of Tripoli in northern Lebanon.

The ship-tracking website showed the Adrian Darya 1 moving slowly just outside the Lebanese territorial waters, after it had stood off the coast of Syria a day earlier.

The ship's Automatic Identification System does not show its destination after its mariners onboard previously listed it as ports in Greece and Turkey. Turkey's foreign minister at one point suggested it would go to Lebanon, something denied by Lebanese officials.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later claimed that it was bound for a refinery in Syria.

The U.S. has warned countries not to accept the Adrian Darya, which carries 2.1 million barrels of crude oil worth some $130 million.