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Iran must seize UK oil vessel if tanker not released: Official

Press TV – July 5, 2019

A senior Iranian official has called for the seizure of a British oil tanker in case London refuses to release the Iranian vessel it has illegally detained in Gibraltar.

“If Britain does not release the Iranian oil tanker, it is the authorities’ duty to make a reciprocal move and seize a British oil tanker,” said Major General Mohsen Rezaei, a top IRGC general and the secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council.

He said the Islamic Republic has never been the initiator of tension in its 40-year history, but it also will never hesitate to respond to bullies.

Iranian supertanker Grace 1 was boarded and impounded by Gibraltar police and customs agencies, aided by a detachment of British Royal Marines, on Thursday at the US request in the Strait of Gibraltar.

Later in the day, Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned Britain’s ambassador to the country to express its strong protest at the move.

At the Foreign Ministry, Rob Macaire was told that the British Royal Marines’ move was tantamount to “maritime piracy”, and that the UK must immediately release the oil tanker.

It was also emphasized that the Islamic Republic of Iran will employ all its political and legal capacities to secure the release of the vessel and uphold its rights.

Spain, which challenges the British ownership of Gibraltar, said the action was prompted by a US request to Britain and appeared to have taken place in Spanish waters.

Experts believe the measure taken by the British government in seizing the Iranian tanker is illegal and can have serious consequences for the government in London.

The US has pledged to reduce Iran’s oil exports to “zero” as part of the sanctions that it reinstated after leaving a multilateral nuclear deal with Iran last year. Both Washington’s withdrawal from the deal and its reintroduction of the sanctions came while the accord has been ratified in the form of the United Nations Security Resolution 2231.

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  1. Will Iran have the balls to stand its ground (waters?), matching brave words with deeds? I’m staying tuned….


    Comment by roberthstiver | July 5, 2019 | Reply

  2. I am from Vancouver,Canada and I wanted to say that this act of Piracy by the British Gov’t should be condemned
    worldwide.This is not the 17th century when British Piracy was common.Iran needs to do whatever is necessary to
    stop British Piracy.The US Gov’t is also involved in this and should be condemned.The majority of people in the world
    supports Iran in this conflict.I also wanted to say that Gibraltar belongs to Spain not Briton.and Northern Ireland belongs
    to Ireland not Briton.Down with British Imperialism and British Piracy.


    Comment by Stan Squires | July 5, 2019 | Reply

  3. We British upstarts really do need putting in our place. Britain is no longer a colonial power, we’re broke and in reality, we are an insignificant little island off the west coast of Europe, otherwise known as the ass end of nowhere.


    Comment by mohandeer | July 5, 2019 | Reply

  4. What the British have done at Gibraltar, and the Americans have done in their many “Foreign incursions” since WWII represents a complete breakdown in International Law.

    How can the USA and Britain maintain respect amongst the World community, with their appalling conduct in the past 70 years?


    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | July 5, 2019 | Reply

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