Iran's Military Chief Of Staff Threatens Britain For Seizure Of Oil Tanker

Clay Curtis
July 11, 2019

Madani, however, said "Based on all the tracking of Iranian oil we continue to do, we haven't seen any vessels being seized in the Suez Canal area since late past year, when a vessel called SEA SHARK failed to deliver oil to Syria".

Rouhani also said Iran's decision to increase uranium enrichment would produce fuel for power plants and serve other peaceful aims, and that it was within the framework of Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

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".

Under the plan, which has only been finalized in recent days, the United States would provide command ships and lead surveillance efforts for the military coalition.

He was speaking a day after European powers accused Iran of "pursuing activities inconsistent with its commitments" under the nuclear deal and called for an urgent meeting of the parties to the agreement.

Angela Merkel pictured shaking for third time in recent weeks
But a second episode struck a week later at the end of June, just hours before she was due to board a plane for a G20 summit in Japan.

On Wednesday, Rouhani said Britain will face "repercussions" over the seizure of an Iranian supertanker last week that authorities in Gibraltar suspect was breaching European sanctions on oil shipments to Syria.

Iran's official IRNA news agency reported that Shamkhani told Bonne the decision to increase enrichment is an "unchangeable strategy" and criticized European countries for their "lack of will" in providing relief from us sanctions. "You should instead allow navigation to be safe", Rouhani said.

Bagheri went on to say that Iran has achieved a good level of military deterrence as it was proved in the case of the downing of the US' Global Hawk drone right after violating the Iranian airspace, by using homegrown defense equipment. Emmanuel Bonne, a French presidential envoy, is in Iran this week for talks aimed at resolving the crisis.

"You are an initiator of insecurity and you will understand its repercussions", without elaborating.

On Friday, an Iranian general warned the country could seize a British ship in retaliation.

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