Iranian President Rouhani Warns Britain Of ‘Repercussions’ Over Ship Seizure

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British tanker Pacific Voyager was escorted through the Strait of Hormuz yesterday by Royal Navy Frigate HMS Montrose. Britain has a second tanker, the British Heritage, which is sheltering in the Persian Gulf while Navy top brass decide what to do with it (ship positions accurate as of Tuesday)

Daily Mail: Iran’s President accuses ‘hopeless’ Britain of being ‘scared’ and warns of ‘consequences’ after a Royal Navy frigate was sent to shadow an oil tanker through the Strait of Hormuz

* 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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