FILE PHOTO: Advantage Sweet. REUTERS/Yoruk Isik

 – Iran should immediately release the Advantage Sweet tanker, State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said on Wednesday, after the semi-official Fars news agency reported Iran will unload about $50 million worth of crude from the Marshall Islands-flagged tanker seized last year.

Miller added that Iran‘s continued harassment of vessels and interference in navigational rights and freedoms is a threat to maritime security, regional stability and the global economy.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk, Ismail Shakil and Daphne Psaledakis)

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