Iran must seize UK oil vessel if tanker not released: Official

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Has Sanctions Hooliganism arrived on the geo-political scene?

…from Press TV, Tehran

[ Editor’s Note: Will the British seizure of the Iranian oil supertanker accidentally trigger a tit for tat ship grabbing spree, or was this actually the intent of seizing the tanker?

Initiating such a farce would unleash navies and boarding parties to roam the oceans looking for selected victims who have been politically designated as hijack targets by a growing list of unipolar wannabes.

What happened to such events having to be approved by the UN Security Council? Is it on summer vacation?

Spain says the US made the request. The Saudis are holding another Iranian ship that broke down, holding the crew, plus charging $200,000 per day for dock space. 

That sounds a little steep to me. I smell a campaign here to start snagging Iran’s ships to cut off their ability to trade, all based on the US pulling out of the JCPOA, an agreement that was also cleared by the UNSC.

I don’t think Iran is going to grab a British tanker, but we might see a shortage of them in the Persian Gulf for a while. But some British assets might be grabbed somewhere for the crime of participating in non-UNSC sanctions-hooliganism.

It looks like the Brits are getting on the Trump train by pulling stunts that will get a big media splash to keep the public attention on a particular target. And mind you, Britain, in word at least, has remained in the JCPOA Jim W. Dean ]

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It is not every day that a supertanker loaded with oil gets snatched

– First published … July 05, 2019


A senior Iranian official has called for the seizure of a British oil tanker in case London refuses to release the Iranian vessel it has illegally detained in Gibraltar.

“If Britain does not release the Iranian oil tanker, it is the authorities’ duty to make a reciprocal move and seize a British oil tanker,” said Major General Mohsen Rezaei, a top IRGC general and the secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council.

He said the Islamic Republic has never been the initiator of tension in its 40-year history, but it also will never hesitate to respond to bullies.

محسن رضایی@ir_rezaee

انقلاب اسلامی در طول تاریخ چهل ساله خود، در هیچ معرکه‌ای آغازگر تنش نبوده، اما در پاسخ به زورگویان و گردنکشان، تعلل نکرده و تردید به دل راه نداده است. انگلیس اگر را رفع توقیف نکند، وظیفه دستگاه‌های مسئول، اقدام متقابل و توقیف یک نفتکش انگلیسی است.

Iranian supertanker Grace 1 was boarded and impounded by Gibraltar police and customs agencies, aided by a detachment of British Royal Marines, on Thursday at the US request in the Strait of Gibraltar.

Later in the day, Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned Britain’s ambassador to the country to express its strong protest at the move.

At the Foreign Ministry, Rob Macaire was told that the British Royal Marines’ move was tantamount to “maritime piracy”, and that the UK must immediately release the oil tanker.

It was also emphasized that the Islamic Republic of Iran will employ all its political and legal capacities to secure the release of the vessel and uphold its rights.

Spain, which challenges the British ownership of Gibraltar, said the action was prompted by a US request to Britain and appeared to have taken place in Spanish waters.

Experts believe the measure taken by the British government in seizing the Iranian tanker is illegal and can have serious consequences for the government in London.

The US has pledged to reduce Iran’s oil exports to “zero” as part of the sanctions that it reinstated after leaving a multilateral nuclear deal with Iran last year. Both Washington’s withdrawal from the deal and its reintroduction of the sanctions came while the accord has been ratified in the form of the United Nations Security Resolution 2231.


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11 COMMENTS

  1. This British Lapdog takeover of a Sovereign Iranian vessel Will Certainly NOT End welll Now Iran Wants to seize a UK Mafia Tanker and then Whats Next ?????? ……. Iran Blocks the Strait of Hormuz with massed of land based Long Range Anti-Shipping Missiles , Yes it’s coming ……

  2. Britain has returned to the Golden Age of Piracy as the last resort!We are waiting for new Morgan,Kidd or Bellamy!

  3. The corrupt U.N. is a total dismal failure just like the former failed League of Nations. It should first boot out these three outlaw nations U.S., England and Israel and then abolish itself.
    All it cares about is the easy borrowed and printed fake money the outlaw nation U.S. provides to it to conduct its totally worthless fraudulent operations.
    The only law any country recognizes in the world is the law of the Jungle. Man is indeed a worthless “Pot of shit”. Let’s see just how well these worthless outlaw nations U.S., England and Israel actually do in the next WWIII initiated by them. I hope all three end up as dust. They have begged for it and deserve their plight into oblivion.

    • my sentiments, too.

      the outmoded second amendment badly needs updating. big mil big money big bangs drove it down the rat hole. the authors intended citizens have the same pop gun power as their [fuking] gu’ment. to keep the sociopath policy makers in check. i wait and want some genius citizen to invent a personal weapon that renders nukes as yesterday’s tech. only when citizens possess the bully power to draw the red line will the sociopaths in washed out d.c. shut their fuking mouths and stand in corners shaking in their sordid little booties.

  4. Britain are the biggest threat to world peace I have never had doubts about it. Just look at what globally destabilizing processes and witholdings they are involved at the moment, without having to look into history which is basically horror.

  5. British did the same back in 1952, they seized a tanker in order to scare oil tankers carrying Iranian oil, to threaten Iranian oil revenue. This is not an isolated event certainly, but a piracy in broader strategy to globally isolate Iran. US and Israel are in the spotlight but British are also on the cui bono list, without having to have the heat on themselves (already the US are mentioned as giving the order).

  6. This could be a provocation to goad the Iranian military, and thus the justification Drumpf needs to start the beautiful bombing.

  7. Has not the USA gone to war twice over its merchant ships being seized? But of course the too stupid to live* US people will fail to see the hypocrisy in this action.

    *To borrow a Duffism.

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