A British Royal Navy patrol vessel guards the oil supertanker Grace 1, that is on suspicion of carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria, because it sits anchored in waters of the British abroad territory of Gibraltar, traditionally claimed by Spain, July four, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
DUBAI (Reuters) – Britain needs to be “scared” about Tehran’s doable retaliation for the seize of an Iranian supertanker by Royal Marines in Gibraltar, the Fars semi-official information company on Saturday reported an Iranian cleric as saying.
“I’m brazenly saying that Britain needs to be petrified of Iran’s retaliatory measures over the unlawful seizure of the Iranian oil tanker,” mentioned Mohammad Ali Mousavi Jazayeri, a member of the highly effective clerical physique the Meeting of Consultants.
“We’ve got proven that we’ll by no means stay silent in opposition to bullying …As we gave a staunch response to the American drone, the suitable response to this unlawful seize (of the tanker) will probably be given by Iran as effectively,” he mentioned.
British Royal Marines seized the supertanker Grace 1 on Thursday for attempting to take oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions in a transfer which drew Tehran’s fury and will escalate its confrontation with the West.
Iran downed a U.S. army drone on June 20 that it mentioned was flying over considered one of its southern provinces on the Gulf. Washington mentioned the drone was shot down over worldwide waters.
An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander threatened on Friday to grab a British ship in retaliation for the seize of an Iranian supertanker by Royal Marines.
Writing by Parisa Hafezi; modifying by Toby Chopra and Jason Neely