* Iran’s Hassan Rouhani goaded ‘hopeless’ British leaders in speech to Cabinet
* Said UK is ‘the initiator of insecurity’ in Persian Gulf and pledged ‘consequences’
* Iran threatened to seize a UK tanker after its vessel was stopped off Gibraltar
* Royal Navy frigate was sent to escort British tanker in the Gulf on Tuesday
Iran’s president taunted Britain on Wednesday as he accused ‘hopeless’ leaders of being ‘scared’ after a Royal Navy vessel was sent to escort a UK oil tanker through the Strait of Hormuz.
Hassan Rouhani told a Cabinet meeting that the UK is ‘the initiator of insecurity’ in the Persian Gulf and ‘will realise the consequences later’.
It comes after Royal Marines seized an Iranian oil tanker off the coast of Gibraltar last week, which Britain says was violating EU sanctions by carrying fuel to Syria.
Iran denies the vessel was bound for Syria and says the UK acted on behalf of the United States, which has separate sanctions in place against Tehran itself.
Senior Iranian politicians have threatened to retaliate by seizing a British tanker.
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Rouhani says Britain to face ‘consequences’ for seizing Iranian tanker — Reuters
Iran warns Britain of ‘repercussions’ over ship seizure — AP
Iran: UK will face ‘consequences’ for tanker’s seizure — The Hill
Iran’s President Says UK ‘Scared’ After It Reportedly Sends Frigates to Escort Oil Tankers in Gulf — Sputnik
UK Tanker Given Military Escort Amid Iran’s Promise to Respond to Ship Seizure – Report — Sputnik