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UK's piracy will not be left without response: Iran's Defense Minister

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Mon / 8 July 2019 / 11:25

Tehran (ISNA) – Iran's Defense Minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami called Britain's seizure of an Iranian oil tanker off the coast of Gibraltar a "piracy", saying it will not be left without a response.

"Britain's seizure of the Iranian tanker was a threatening and incorrect action," General Hatami said on Monday.

"This action is a violation of international regulations and is a type of piracy," he added.

"We will certainly not tolerate this type of piracy and it will not be left without a response," General Hatami stressed.

On early Thursday morning, British Royal Marines in Gibraltar stormed the 300,000-tonne Grace 1 and detained it, accusing it of carrying oil to Syria in possible violation of the European Union's sanctions on the war-torn Arab country.

Separately, General Hatami said Iran's downing of an unmanned American aircraft last month sent a message that the Islamic Republic would defend its borders.

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