Gibraltar says no immediate plan to release Iranian tanker

A senior official in Gibraltar is denying a report by Iran's semi-official Fars news agency that an Iranian tanker seized near the British overseas territory is set to be released

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.