Referring to the detention of an oil tanker off Gibraltar, Defence Minister Amir Hatami declared that “the action runs counter to international regulations and is a kind of maritime piracy… definitely this maritime piracy will not be tolerated by us”. Foreign Minister Zarif also argued that “Iran is neither a member of the EU nor subject to any European oil embargo. Last I checked, EU was against extraterritoriality”. He went on to say that the “UK's unlawful seizure of a tanker with Iranian oil on behalf of the B-Team is piracy, pure and simple. It sets a dangerous precedent and must end now”.
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