Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Tehran to continue legal, political measures until release of Iranian tanker

Tehran to continue legal, political measures until release of Iranian tanker

The tanker's detention "sets a risky precedent and must end now", Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted Monday.

Iran has deemed as a "threatening act" Britain's seizing last week of an Iranian oil tanker, said Defense Minister Amir Hatami on Monday.

Iran has continually denied the vessel was heading to its ally Syria.

Iran responded by summoning British Ambassador Rob Macaire to its Foreign Ministry to explain what it described as an "illegal seizure", which had been earlier described by the U.K.as enforcing the EU's sanctions regime against Syria.

Earlier, the United States mission in Vienna said in a statement that the American Ambassador to International Organisations Jackie Wolcott had requested the special meeting to discuss the IAEA's latest report on Iran, issued earlier this week.

The minister said the giant tanker has a capacity of up to two million barrels of oil and that is why it was traveling through the Strait of Gibraltar rather than the Suez Canal.


Separately, Iranian army chief Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi said on Monday that Iran is not looking for war with any country, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency.

The vessel was then captured by British Royal Marines in Gibraltar on Thursday.

Russian Federation is also a party to the JCPOA and its ambassador to global organisations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, said in a tweet Friday that an IAEA board of governors' meeting was "not a proper place to consider" what he called "Iranian deviations from (the) JCPOA".

Authorities in the British territory said the tanker can be held for up to 14 days. And EU as a principle doesn't impose its sanctions on others.

The British Royal Marines seized the giant Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar on Thursday for trying to take oil to Syria allegedly in violation of European Union sanctions.

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