Iran says oil tankers seized by British Marines would not travel to Syria
Iran says that oil tankers seized by British Marines do not travel to Syria and vow to & # 39; legal and diplomatic & # 39; take action against the UK
- UK grabbed tanker last week and said it violated EU sanctions against Syria
- But Iran says that the supertanker Grace 1 could not go there, because the country does not have a port big enough to build it
- Iran's Foreign Ministry said it is pursuing legal and political action against the UK
- Tehran thinks Britain has confiscated the tanker by order of America, which has issued separate sanctions against its regime
Iran has denied that an oil tanker that was taken by Great Britain off the coast of Gibraltar last week was traveling to Syria.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said that no port in Syria is capable of mooring the ship – a 1000-foot-long supertanker – and therefore has not violated EU sanctions, as Britain has claimed.
Apart from that, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry said the country is pursuing political, legal and diplomatic actions against the United Kingdom.
Iran has denied that the Grantstanker Grace 1 was traveling through Great Britain near Gibraltar to Syria last week and therefore did not violate EU sanctions (tanker pictured Saturday)
Tehran says Syria does not have a port large enough to accommodate the 1000ft ship and demanded the immediate restitution of its property
Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami described Monday the seizure as & # 39; maritime robbery & # 39; and said it & # 39; will not be tolerated & # 39 ;.
In a speech on public television, Hatami said: “Today we have witnessed a threat from the government of England in the Strait of Gibraltar against a tanker from the Islamic Republic of Iran.
& # 39; This is an incorrect and erroneous action, an action similar to a maritime robbery … certainly this type of robbery will not be tolerated. & # 39;
Iran has not suggested where the ship actually went, and British officials must not yet disclose the evidence that they say the tanker was on its way to Syria.
Bashar al-Assad, the dictator who rules Syria, is a good ally of Tehran and the country is suffering from oil shortages.
Iran has accused Britain of seizing the tanker by order of the US, which introduced sanctions against Iran last year after President Trump broke a nuclear deal.
European leaders have withheld the following process in an effort to save the treaty.
The ship is currently being detained in Gibraltar, a British overseas territory, where the crew is interrogated to determine the final destination
Britain says it acted in accordance with EU sanctions when it seized the boat, but Iran believes it acted in the name of the US, which has its own sanctions against Tehran
Spain & # 39; s acting foreign minister, Josep Borrell, also accused the United Kingdom of doing the Washington command, and said that Spain will investigate the seizure of the tanker because it took place in waters it considered as its own waters regards.
The Grace 1 tanker is currently being detained in Gibraltar, while the crew is being interviewed to determine the final destination of the ship.
Authorities on UK territory said the tanker could be detained for up to 14 days.
Iran has not said exactly what steps it will take against Great Britain, but a Revolutionary Guard commander has threatened to capture a British ship in retaliation.
Hatami said Iran's downing of an unmanned American plane last month sent a message that the Islamic Republic would defend its borders.
Washington said the drone was shot above international waters.
Separately, the Iranian army chief Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi said Monday that Iran is not looking for war with any country, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency.
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