Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the United Kingdom will have to realise and understand the consequences for seizing an Iranian oil tanker on July 4, speaking at a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.
«I also tell England that, you are the initiator of the insecurity and will have to realise and understand the consequences. Now you are so helpless that you place the frigates next to... Еще an oil tanker when it decides to move in the region because of your fear,» said Rouhani.
According to reports, the British Royal Marines seized an Iranian oil tanker in the Strait of Gibraltar on Thursday, on suspicion that it was taking oil to Syria, in violation of EU sanctions. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi denied the accusations.
Touching upon the tensions over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed with the United States and the EU in 2015, Rouhani said that the world's fear of Iran is misplaced and accused the US of being the one disrespecting the deal.
«You do not need to worry over Iran, but you have to be worried about the US. In fact, be worried about the US which violated all the JCPOA and has made all the international commitments fragile, you have to be worried about the US,» said Rouhani.
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