Iran condemns UK’s seizure of oil tanker as ‘threatening act’
TEHRAN: Iran has denounced Britain’s detention of an Iranian Oil tanker last week as “threatening” and an “act of piracy”, following a dramatic intervention that has sparked Tehran’s fury amid tensions over its nuclear Program.
The Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps military commander. Major general Mohammad Bagheri said “Capture of the Iranian oil tanker based on fabricated excuses, will not be unanswered and when necessary Tehran will give appropriate answer.
“If Britain does not release the Iranian oil tanker, it is the authorities’ duty to seize a British oil tanker he added.
The British and Gibraltarian governments said the Iranian ship, owned by a Dubai-based company with ties to Tehran, was believed to be carrying two million barrels of crude oil to Syria, in breach of European Union sanctions against Bashar Assad’s regime.
In a speech broadcast live on state television on Monday, the Iranian defence minister, Amir Hatami said the tanker’s seizure “will not be tolerated by us and will not go without a response”.
Describing the act as “threatening”, he added: “This is an incorrect and wrong action, an action similar to maritime robbery . certainly these kind of robberies will not be tolerated.”