The Iranian government has called the UK ambassador to Iran to discuss about the illicit oil tanker seizure in Gibraltar. Royal Marines of the UK take part in seizure operation of the ship, which was carrying out the oil from Iran to Syria, on charges of breaching the EU sanctions.
Meanwhile, Spain foreign minister reported that the ship was detained at United States request. A spokesperson from the foreign ministry of Iran described the move as piracy. The UK has denied Iranian accusations by saying it nonsense. An Iranian official has warned that of UK didn’t release the ship then they will seize UK ship.
Earlier, Gibraltar’s police services and royal marines detained the ‘Grace 1’ and its cargo in Gibraltar. Iran has now summoned the UK ambassador Robert Macaire over the matter. Foreign ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi criticizes the seizure by saying it a form of piracy and demanded ship immediate release so it can resume its journey.
Abbas Mousavi further expressed that the tanker seizure shows that the United Kingdom supports hostile US strategies. He called this unacceptable for both of his nation and government. Meanwhile, national security advisor by the US called the seizure excellent news. John Bolton informed that Syria-bound ship has violated the EU sanctions. He also urged allies to keep Iran and Syria away from benefiting this unlawful trade.
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