He said the tanker wasn't heading toward Syria, without saying where the vessel was going.
The tanker's seizure "will not be tolerated by us and will not go without a response", said Amir Hatami, quoted by Iran's ISNA and Tasnim news agencies.
A British Royal Navy ship (L) patrols near supertanker Grace 1, which is suspected of carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions, after it was detained off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4, 2019.
Reports say the Iranian vessel was travelling in accordance with global law before it was taken over. The cargo came from Iran.
But even if Baniyas was actually the tanker's final destination, it brings up additional legal questions regarding the seizure. Tracking data showed it made a slow trip around the southern tip of Africa before reaching the Mediterranean, it said. And EU as a principle doesn't impose its sanctions on others.
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TankerTrackers.com, which keeps track of global oil shipments, suggested that the ship could be carrying fuel oil, rather than crude oil, destined for Europe instead of Syria.
"Based on all the imagery we spent weeks reviewing, we could not see her loading crude oil". Fuel oil powers vessel engines.
Russian Federation is also a party to the JCPOA and its ambassador to worldwide organisations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, said in a tweet Friday that an IAEA board of governors' meeting was "not a proper place to consider" what he called "Iranian deviations from (the) JCPOA".
Tensions are also high in the Gulf following last month's attacks on vessels near the Strait of Hormuz, a vital oil shipping route, and Iran's downing of a U.S. drone. Iran denies the vessel was headed to Syria, where the government of President Bashar al-Assad is an ally of Tehran.