Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Rouhani says Britain to face 'consequences' for seizing Iranian tanker

Rouhani says Britain to face 'consequences' for seizing Iranian tanker

Rouhani called the seizure "mean and wrong" during a Cabinet meeting, IRNA reported.

"Capture of the Iranian oil tanker based on fabricated excuses. will not be unanswered and when necessary Tehran will give appropriate answer", Bagheri said.

Iran has demanded the immediate release of the oil tanker, while an Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander threatened on Friday to seize a British ship in retaliation.

Iran President Hassan Rouhani said the United Kingdom will face "consequences" for its seizure of an Iranian supertanker off Gibraltar last week. AbbasAraqchi said Iran was continuously in touch with the British government and is now pursuing legal channels on the seizure.

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US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said Tuesday that the US and its allies were working to put together a coalition of countries to come up with a system to enforce freedom of navigation in the region amid what the US says are heightened threats from Iran.

She is believed escorted oil tanker Pacific Voyager as she sailed through the piece of sea that separates the United Arab Emirates from Iran.

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A report about Egypt detaining an Iranian tanker from an Arab news outlet carried by Middle East Monitor is false, TankerTrackers.com co-founder Samir Madani told Oilprice.

The Gibraltar authorities did not disclose the origin of the oil, although Iranian officials have said it was their tanker.

Jackie Wolcott, the USA ambassador to worldwide organizations in Vienna, told a gathering of the global Atomic Energy Agency that Iran's recent moves to enrich uranium beyond the deal's limits amounted to "nuclear extortion".

"The UK's action was in retaliation of the Iranian Armed Forces' courageous move to down the enemy's intruding drone". In recent weeks, Iran has begun to openly breach limits on uranium enrichment set by the deal in order to pressure European signatories to salvage it.

A diplomatic adviser to French President Emmanuel Macron held talks in Tehran Wednesday aimed at saving the 2015 deal.

By doing so, Tehran hopes to increase the pressure on the remaining members of the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, to provide economic relief for American sanctions.

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