On Friday, Iran demanded that Britain immediately release an oil tanker that had stopped in Gibraltar, accusing it of acting in the United State bidding.
A senior foreign ministry official “described the UK move as unacceptable” in a meeting with British ambassador Rob Macaire, the ministry said in a statement.
“If Britain does not release the Iranian oil tanker, the relevant authorities will be duty-bound to take reciprocal action and seize a British oil tanker,” said council secretary Mohsen Rezai.
Authorities in Gibraltar, said they suspected the tanker was carrying crude to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.
The detention of the 330-metre (1,000-feet) Grace 1 comes at a sensitive time in Iran-EU ties as the bloc mulls how to respond to Tehran announcing it is poised to breach the uranium enrichment limit it agreed to in a troubled 2015 nuclear deal.
The Grace 1 was halted in the early hours of Thursday by police and customs agencies in Gibraltar, aided by a detachment of British Royal Marines.
Gibraltar s Supreme Court ruled Friday that the vessel can be held for 14 more days, the territory s attorney general said.
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27 September, 2019