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Rouhani says Britain to face 'consequences' for seizing Iranian tanker

Rouhani says Britain to face 'consequences' for seizing Iranian tanker

According to the semi-official Tasnim news agency, Iran's armed forces chief of staff, Major General Mohammad Bagheri, said Iran would respond.

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.

"Capture of the Iranian oil tanker based on fabricated excuses. will not be unanswered and when necessary Tehran will give appropriate answer", Bagheri said. In the deal with world powers negotiated by the Obama administration, Iran had agreed to curb its nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief. The U.S. has accused Iran of involvement in the bombing of oil tankers in the Gulf and says it shot down an American drone in global airspace.

"We are committed to denying Iran the benefits it seeks from these most recent provocations", she said.

"You are an initiator of insecurity and you will understand its repercussions", Rouhani was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying Wednesday during a Cabinet meeting, adding that the seizure of the ship was "mean and wrong". "You should instead allow navigation to be safe", Rouhani said. But the other parties to the deal - Russia, China, Germany, France, Britain, and the European Union - have called for Iran to stick to its commitments.

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The territory's government said in a statement Monday that the tanker was "well inside" British Gibraltar Territorial Waters when it was boarded, having "previously exited the global waters of the Straits of Gibraltar".

On the European side, French President Emmanuel Macron has taken a lead role in trying to save the deal, speaking Saturday with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and separately Monday with Trump.

Iran's defence minister has today warned the United Kingdom that the seizure of the GRACE 1 tanker in Gibraltar "will not be tolerated and will not go without a response".

Other senior Iranian officials have also made direct and indirect threats against the United Kingdom for the seizure of the tanker.

Iran has condemned the British government's move as "maritime piracy" and summoned Britain's ambassador three times in protest.