Iran calls on Britain to immediately release its seized supertanker

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Abbas Mousavi, spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry, gives a press conference in the capital Tehran. (AFP)
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A handout picture released by the Ministry of Defence shows a night vision image of British Royal Marines taking part in the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker, Grace 1 in the early hours of July 4, 2019 off the Gibraltar strait. (Handout/MOD/CROWN COPYRIGHT 2019/AFP)
Updated 13 July 2019
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Iran calls on Britain to immediately release its seized supertanker

  • Iran has warned of reciprocal measures if the tanker is not released by Britain
  • British Royal Marines seized an Iranian oil tanker last week on suspicion that it was breaking European sanctions

DUBAI:: Iran called on Britain on Friday to immediately release its oil tanker which British Royal Marines seized last week on suspicion that it was breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a foreign ministry spokesman told state news agency IRNA.
“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.
Iran has warned of reciprocal measures if the tanker is not released by Britain.
Britain said on Thursday that three Iranian vessels tried to block a British-owned tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz, which controls the flow of Middle East oil 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.
Britain is among European parties to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, which President Donald trump pulled out of last year and reimposed and toughened sanctions on Tehran.
“Foreign powers should leave the region because Iran and other regional countries are capable of securing the regional security,” Mousavi said.


Saudi-led coalition starts operation to target military positions in Sanaa

The targeting process is an extension of past military operations carried out by the Arab Coalition. (Shutterstock)
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Saudi-led coalition starts operation to target military positions in Sanaa

  • The leadership of the coalition forces has taken all preventive procedures and measures to protect civilians and prevent them from collateral damage
  • The targeting process was consistent with international humanitarian law and its customary laws

DUBAI: Arab Coalition spokesperson Col. Al-Maliki said that coalition forces on early Saturday morning carried out an operation to destroy five air defense sites and ballistic missile depots in Sana’a, Saudi state news agency SPA has reported.

The targeting process is an extension of past military operations carried out by the Arab Coalition to identify and to destroy air defense capabilities and other hostile capabilities.

Al-Maliki said the Arab Coalition forces was committed to the preventing of the Houthi militia, as well as other terrorist organizations, from obtaining such capabilities as they are a direct threat to United Nations aircraft, air navigation and civilians.

Al-Maliki added that the targeting process was consistent with international humanitarian law and its customary laws, and that the leadership of the coalition forces has taken all preventive procedures and measures to protect civilians and prevent them from collateral damage.