Rouhani says Britain to face 'consequences' for seizing Iranian tanker

Crew members walk on board supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar

Iran has demanded the immediate release of the tanker Grace 1, which British Royal Marines boarded off the coast of Gibraltar last week and seized over accusations it was breaking sanctions by taking oil to Syria.

"Now you are so hopeless that, when one of your tankers wants to move in the region, you have to bring your frigates [to escort it] because you are scared".

On Wednesday, his top diplomatic adviser, Emmanuel Bonne, met in Tehran Iran's senior security official, Ali Shamkhani, a powerful figure in the Iranian hierarchy.

The Navy declined to comment on whether naval protection had been requested.

The latest US-Iranian tensions date back to past year, when Trump withdrew from the nuclear accord and restored heavy sanctions on Iran, including its oil industry, exacerbating an economic crisis that has sent the currency plummeting.

They reached crisis-point earlier this year when several tankers in the Strait were damaged by explosions - which the United Kingdom and U.S. blamed on Iran - and Iran shot down a USA drone.

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By doing so, Tehran hopes to increase the pressure on the remaining members of the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, to provide economic relief for American sanctions. In recent weeks, Iran has begun to openly breach limits on uranium enrichment set by the deal in order to pressure European signatories to salvage it.

On the European side, French President Emmanuel Macron has taken a lead role in trying to save the deal, speaking Saturday with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and separately Monday with Trump.

Iran's Foreign Ministry has summoned the British envoy to Tehran three times since Thursday in protest at the United Kingdom navy's move.

"You (Europeans) do not need to worry about Iran, your concern must be over the United States, which has violated this whole commitment and undermined worldwide obligations", Rouhani said.

Tehran said Sunday that the ship was not headed for Syria.

"We had a discussion today, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense and I and we are engaging now with a number of countries to see if we can put together a coalition that would ensure freedom of navigation both in the Straits of Hormuz and the Bab el Mandeb", Dunford said following an awards ceremony for his Finnish counterpart.

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