MADRID -- A senior official in Gibraltar is denying reports that an Iranian tanker seized near the British overseas territory is poised to be released.
The official said a report by Iran's semi-official Fars news agency that the Grace 1 tanker is leaving Tuesday night are "untrue."
He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government rules.
The Gibraltar government says it is seeking to "de-escalate" the situation over the Grace 1.
The Gibraltar Supreme Court is scheduled to hold a hearing on the case on Thursday.