Iran on Friday urged Britain to immediately release its tanker that the British Royal Marines suspected of violating European sanctions by bringing oil to Syria, a foreign ministry spokesman told.
“This is a dangerous game and has consequences … the legal pretexts for the capture are not valid … the release of the tanker is in all countries’ interest,” the spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, said.
Britain announced on Thursday that three Iranian ships have attempted to block a British-owned tanker crossing the Strait of Hormuz, which controls the flow of oil from the Middle East to the world, but backed off when confronted by a Royal Navy warship. Iran denied that its vessels had done any such thing.
Tension between Iran and the West has increased a week after Britain seized the tanker and London said the British Heritage, operated by oil company BP, had been approached in the strait between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula.
“Foreign powers should leave the region because Iran and other regional countries are capable of securing the regional security,” Mousavi said.
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