A British marine ship patrols near supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar [Jorge Guerrero/ AFP]
Iran has denounced Britain‘s detention of an Iranian tanker last week as “threatening” and an “act of piracy”, following a dramatic intervention that has sparked Tehran’s fury amid tensions over its nuclear programme.
What’s behind the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker?
British Royal Marines, police and customs agents on Thursday stopped and seized the Grace 1 vessel in Gibraltar on suspicion it carried Iranian crude oil to Syria in breach of European Union sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad‘s government.
In a speech broadcast live on state television on Monday, the Iranian defence minister, Amir Hatami said the tanker’s seizure “will