The British Royal Marines seized on Thursday an Iranian gigantic petroleum tanker in Gibraltar, suspected of bringing oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions. This move sparked the anger of Tehran and could worsen his confrontation with the West.
After sailing around Africa from the Middle East to the Mediterranean’s mouth, the Grace 1 tanker was founded on British jurisdiction territory at the southern tip of Spain.
The Foreign Minister of Iran summoned the ambassador of the United Kingdom to express his powerful objection to its ship’s unlawful and unacceptable seizure.
Europe had never caught a tanker at sea while banning petroleum shipments to Syria from 2011. Europe does not have deep sanctions against Iran, unlike the United States.