British Royal Marines Seize Tanker Allegedly Carrying Iranian Oil to Syria

FILE- MH-60S helicopter hovers in the air with an oil tanker in the background as the USS John C. Stennis makes its way to the Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz Dec. 21 2018

Tehran denies this and claims the vessel was intercepted in global waters.

In an obvious move to provoke another Iranian crisis, British Navy Royal Marines seized a supertanker suspected of carrying Iranian oil to Syria off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4.

Britain's seizing of an Iranian oil tanker last week was a threatening act that will not be tolerated, Iran's Defence Minister Amir Hatami said on Monday in a speech broadcast live on state television. "We regard this seizure as piracy, and would not accede to it, and of course we have given the necessary warnings".

In the tweet, Bildt wrote that "The legalities of the United Kingdom seizure of a tanker heading for Syria with oil from Iran intrigues me".

The government of Gibraltar said in a statement Monday that the tanker was "well inside" British Gibraltar Territorial Waters when it was boarded, having "previously exited the global waters of the Straits of Gibraltar".

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"We have shown that we will never remain silent against bullying.As we gave a staunch response to the American drone, the appropriate response to this illegal capture (of the tanker) will be given by Iran as well", he said.

The website reported the British energy giant is anxious about retaliation by Tehran after the Royal Marines seized an Iranian oil tanker entering the Mediterranean off the coast of Gibraltar last week.

Authorities in the British territory said the tanker can be held for up to 14 days.

Meanwhile, Iranian army chief Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi said Iran is not looking for war with any country, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency. Washington said the drone was shot down over global waters.

As if part of a script, National Security Adviser John Bolton welcomed the seizure of the tanker.

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