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WorldIran calls on Britain to release seized oil tanker immediately

10:15  12 july  2019
10:15  12 july  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Iran tanker detention by Britain was threatening act, minister says

Iran tanker detention by Britain was threatening act, minister says Iran tanker detention by Britain was threatening act, minister says

The capture of an Iranian oil tanker by Britain has set "a dangerous precedent and must end now", Iran 's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter on Monday. " Iran is neither a member of the EU nor subject to any European oil embargo. UK's unlawful seizure of a tanker .

The capture of an Iranian oil tanker by Britain has set "a dangerous precedent and must end now", Iran 's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter on Monday. " Iran is neither a member of the EU nor subject to any European oil embargo. Last I checked, EU was against extraterritoriality.

Iran calls on Britain to release seized oil tanker immediately© Reuters/Stringer . FILE PHOTO: Oil supertanker Grace 1 on suspicion of being carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria is seen near Gibraltar

By Parisa Hafezi

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran called on Britain on Friday to immediately release an oil tanker that British Royal Marines seized last week on suspicion it was breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a foreign ministry spokesman told state news agency IRNA.

"This is a dangerous game and has consequences ... the legal pretexts for the capture are not valid ... the release of the tanker is in all countries' interest," the spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, said.

UK to facilitate release of Iranian tanker if it gets Syria guarantees-Hunt

UK to facilitate release of Iranian tanker if it gets Syria guarantees-Hunt British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt told his Iranian counterpart on Saturday that Britain would facilitate the release of the detained Grace 1 oil tanker if Tehran gave guarantees it would not go to Syria. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The tanker was seized last week by British Royal Marines off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory of Gibraltar on suspicion of violating sanctions against Syria.

DUBAI (Reuters) – The capture of an Iranian oil tanker by Britain has set “a dangerous precedent and must end now”, Iran ’s foreign minister Mohammad. British Royal Marines impounded the tanker in Gibraltar on Thursday on suspicion it was carrying oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions.

The capture of an Iranian oil tanker by Britain has set "a dangerous precedent and must end now", Iran 's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter on Monday. " Iran is neither a member of the EU nor subject to any European oil embargo. UK's unlawful seizure of a tanker .

Iran has warned of reciprocal measures if the tanker is not released.

Britain said on Thursday that three Iranian vessels tried to block a British-owned tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz, which controls the flow of Middle East oil to the world, but backed off when confronted by a Royal Navy warship.

Iran denied that its vessels had done any such thing.

Tension between Iran and the West has increased a week after Britain seized the tanker and London said the British Heritage, operated by oil company BP, had been approached in the strait between Iran and the Arabian peninsula.

Mousavi accused Britain of seizing the tanker under U.S. pressure. "Such illegal measures could increase tensions in the Persian Gulf," he told IRNA.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards say they captured British oil tanker - Iran state tv

Iran's Revolutionary Guards say they captured British oil tanker - Iran state tv Iran's Revolutionary Guards said they have captured British oil tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz, Iranian state television reported on Friday. The IRGC seized the tanker at the request of the maritime authorities in the Iranian province of Hormozgan for "not following international maritime regulations," state television cited an IRGC statement as saying. The tanker was taken to a coastal area and turned over to the authorities to take the necessary legal steps, state television said.

UK's unlawful seizure of a tanker with Iranian oil on behalf of #B_Team is piracy, pure and simple. Zarif has in the past said that a so- called "B-team" including President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed

FILE PHOTO: Iran 's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sits for an interview with Reuters in New York. More. DUBAI (Reuters) - The capture of an Iranian oil tanker by Britain has set "a dangerous precedent and must end now"

For decades, Shi'ite-led Iran and its U.S.-backed Sunni Gulf Arab rivals have been locked in proxy battles for predominance in the Middle East, from Syria to Yemen.

Britain is among European parties to Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with six major powers, which President Donald Trump pulled out of it last year, reimposing sanctions on Tehran.

Washington tightened sanctions from the start of May, ordering all countries and companies to halt imports of Iranian oil or be banished from the global financial system.

In retaliation to Washington's mounting pressure, Iran has decreased its commitments to the nuclear pact, in defiance of a warning by European countries.

The United States, Iran's longtime foe, blames Tehran for a series of attacks on shipping in the world's most important oil artery since mid-May, accusations Tehran rejects.

The capture of the Iranian tanker comes at a time of sharply increased U.S.-Iranian confrontation in recent weeks. Washington has also dispatched extra troops to the region to counter what it describes as Iranian threats.

"Foreign powers should leave the region because Iran and other regional countries are capable of securing the regional security," Mousavi said.

"...Iran has repeatedly expressed its readiness to hold talks with its neighbors to resolve disputes."

(Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Nick Macfie)

Rouhani says Britain to face 'consequences' for seizing Iranian tanker.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday Britain would face "consequences" over the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker. Iran has demanded the immediate release of the Grace 1, which British Royal Marines boarded off Gibraltar last week and seized on suspicion that it was breaking sanctions by taking oil to Syria. "You (Britain) are the initiator of insecurity and you will realize the consequences later," Rouhani said after a cabinet meeting, in remarks carried by state television.

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