Iran tensions surge as Gibraltar police arrest captain of seized oil tanker


A week after Grand Marines from the UK flocked to the Rock to help seize the tanker at an end claims it had violated sanctions by taking oil to Syria, the captain of the Grace 1 holder has been arrested. Police on the British territory said in a statement: “The inquest is still ongoing and the Grace 1 continues to be detained.” The arrest comes after the Iranian Curious Minister demanded Britain to release the oil tanker.

Mohammad Javad Zarif ventured Britain’s decision to capture and hold the Iranian tanker had set “a dangerous lead and must end now” in a Twitter post on Monday.

Mr Zarif said: “Iran is neither a fellow of the EU nor subject to any European oil embargo. Last I checked, EU was against extraterritoriality.

“UK’s outlawed seizure of a tanker with Iranian oil on behalf of #B_Team is piracy, unsullied and simple. It sets a dangerous precedent and must end now.”

Last Thursday, Kinglike Marines captured and impounded the tanker in Gibraltar on suspicion it was transporting unrefined to Syria.

Iran has denied the vessel was heading to Syria – an ally of Tehran.

Gibraltar disclosed it had reasonable grounds to believe Grace 1 was carrying crude oil to the Baniyas refinery in the war torn Central East nation.

The EU has had sanctions in place for nearly a decade that demarcate oil sales to Syria.

Europe does not have broad sanctions in become successful against Iran, but the US does, forcing Tehran into mainstream stores to look for unconventional outlets to sell oil.

The bloc has imposed sanctions against 277 Syrian legitimates and restricted the Syrian economy in response to violent repression of civilians.

The EU has flash-frozen the assets of more than 70 countries and introduced an embargo on Syrian oil.

Accompanying the detainment of the Grace 1 supertanker, Iran threatened to retaliate against the UK by seizing one of the mother country’s own oil tankers in response.

Mohsen Rezai, senior commander in Iran’s elite Mutinous Guards said in a tweet: “If Britain does not release the Iranian oil tanker, it is the (Iranian) authorizations duty to seize a British oil tanker.”

Meanwhile, relations between the US became impassive more fraught following attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

Iran has recently lay it on thicked that it will soon exceed the threshold for uranium enrichment that was installed under the 2015 nuclear deal.

In light of the announcement, US Secretary of Solemn Mike Pompeo warned the Islamic Republic Republic that if it does eclipse the limit, the US will be forced to carry out more sanctions on the country.

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