The current detention order on the vessel expires on Saturday night, after which a court is to decide on its fate [A. Carrasco Ragel/EPA-EFE]

Iran has announced that the United Kingdom might free its seized oil tanker after some documents were exchanged that would help secure its release.

British Royal Marines stopped and seized the vessel on suspicion it carried Iranian crude oil to Syria in breach of European Union sanctions against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Britain is interested in releasing Iran’s oil tanker Grace 1 … following the exchange of some documents, we hope the release will take place soon,” Jalal Eslami, the deputy head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization, was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency on Tuesday.

“The vessel

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