United Kingdom should be 'scared' of Tehran's response over tanker, cleric says - Fars

Elias Hubbard
July 11, 2019

The capture of an Iranian oil tanker by Britain has set "a unsafe precedent and must end now", Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter on Monday.

Britain's seizing of an Iranian oil tanker last week was a threatening act that will not be tolerated, Iran's Defence Minister Amir Hatami said on Monday in a speech broadcast live on state television.

Iran has continually denied the vessel was heading to its ally Syria.

Iran's Foreign Ministry maintains that the oil tanker was not bound for Syria and its seizure has taken place at the behest of the US. It was passing through worldwide waters through the Strait of Gibraltar and there is no law that allows England to stop this tanker.

Tensions between Iran and the United Kingdom may remain high until the legal issues surrounding the arrest in Gibraltar are smoothed out, Jakob said.

Britain should be "scared" about Tehran's possible retaliation for the capture of an Iranian supertanker by Royal Marines in Gibraltar, the Fars semi-official news agency on Saturday reported an Iranian cleric as saying.

Since then the U.S. has re-imposed sanctions and has attempted to prevent Iran from exporting oil, a vital part of its economy.

The government of Gibraltar said on Friday that they had received permission from their supreme court to hold the tanker for fourteen days.

Grace 1, capable of carrying two million barrels of oil, was halted Thursday by police and customs agencies in Gibraltar, a British overseas territory on Spain's southern tip.

An oil tanker run by BP Plc is being kept inside the Persian Gulf in fear it could be seized by Iran in a tit-for-tat response to the arrest by Gibraltar last week of a vessel hauling the Islamic Republic's crude. And EU as a principle doesn't impose its sanctions on others.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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