Global  

Celebrating 10 Years of Trusted News Discovery
One News Page
> > >

Tanker seizure stirs Iran's tensions with the West

Video Credit: Reuters Studio - Duration: 01:49s - Published < > Embed
Tanker seizure stirs Iran's tensions with the West

Tanker seizure stirs Iran's tensions with the West

Iran has summoned the British ambassador to Tehran over what it calls an illegal seizure of one of its tankers off Gibraltar.

Julian Satterthwaite reports.

0
shares
ShareTweetSavePostSend
 

Tanker seizure stirs Iran's tensions with the West

The seizure of an Iranian oil tanker by British marines has become the latest high seas escalation involving the Middle East and the West.

The Grace 1 was reportedly boarded by Royal Marines off Gibraltar early Thursday (July 4).

In a statement, the government there said it believed the ship was carrying Iranian oil to a Syrian refinery.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF MINISTER OF GIBRALTAR, FABIAN PICARDO, SAYING: "In fact, we have reason to believe that the Grace 1 was carrying its shipment of crude oil to the Banyas refinery in Syria.

That refinery is the property of an entity that is subject to European Union sanctions against Syria." If the oil is confirmed to be Iranian that would mean the shipment also violates U.S. sanctions.

Iran has responded furiously, calling the seizure 'illegal'.

On Thursday it summoned the British ambassador to Tehran to explain.

Experts say Britain almost certainly acted following a request from the U.S. - adding to its tensions with Iran.

Spain isn't happy either.

It doesn't recognise British rule over Gibraltar, and says the incident happened without its authority.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SPAIN'S ACTING FOREIGN MINISTER JOSEP BORRELL, SAYING: "It was a demand by the United States to the United Kingdom and we are looking into how it affects our sovereignty because it happened in what we understand to be Spanish waters." Refinitiv Eikon mapping shows the ship making a circuitous journey around southern Africa, instead of via the Suez canal.

The Grace 1 was documented as loading Iraqi oil in December.

But there's no record in Iraq of it being in port, and the vessel's tracking system was switched off at the time.

It later reappeared, fully loaded, near an Iranian port.



Recent related news from verified sources

Iran's Supreme Leader Promises To Retaliate Over UK's Seizure Of Oil Tanker In Gibraltar

Iran's Supreme Leader Promises To Retaliate Over UK's Seizure Of Oil Tanker In GibraltarIran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused British forces of "theft" and "piracy" after...
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •NYTimes.com


Iran says it seized foreign oil tanker and crew

Iran's state TV says Revolutionary Guard forces have seized a foreign tanker with 12 crew accused of...
CBS News - Published Also reported by •Brisbane TimesDeutsche WelleReuters


Gulf escalation is not in anyone's interests: UK PM May's spokesman

An escalation of tensions between Western states and Iran is not in anybody's interest, British Prime...
Reuters - Published

Iran cleric says U.K. will be 'slapped in the face' for seizure of its tanker: TV

Britain will soon be "slapped in the face" for the capture of an Iranian supertanker last week,...
Reuters - Published


You Might Like


Recent related videos from verified sources

Tanker seizure stirs Iran's tensions with the West [Video]Tanker seizure stirs Iran's tensions with the West

Iran has summoned the British ambassador to Tehran over what it calls an illegal seizure of one of its tankers off Gibraltar. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

Credit: Rumble     Duration: 01:50Published

Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2019 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
About us  |  Contact us  |  Disclaimer  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  In the News  |  DMCA / Content Removal  |  Privacy & Data Protection Policy
How are we doing? FeedbackSend us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter  •  FOLLOW us on Pinterest
One News® is a registered trademark of One News Page Ltd.