US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said Tuesday that the US and its allies were working to put together a coalition of countries to come up with a system to enforce freedom of navigation in the region amid what the US says are heightened threats from Iran.
Under the plan, which has only been finalized in recent days, the United States would provide command ships and lead surveillance efforts for the military coalition.
"You [Britain] are the initiator of insecurity and you will realise the consequences later", Rouhani was quoted by Tasnim as saying after a cabinet meeting.
The tanker's detention came at a sensitive time in Iran-EU ties, as the bloc mulls how to respond to Tehran breaching the uranium enrichment limit it agreed to in the troubled 2015 nuclear deal.
The tanker's detention comes at a particularly sensitive time as tensions between the U.S. and Iran grow over the unraveling of the 2015 nuclear deal, from which President Donald Trump withdrew previous year.Читайте также: Megan Rapinoe Delivers Scathing Message To Donald Trump
The United States has voiced satisfaction for Britain's action while the European Union and member countries have been mostly silent.
Despite the overture, however, Shamkhani said Iran will not reverse its decision to increase uranium enrichment beyond the limits set by the accord until it achieves its "full rights" under the deal.
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.
The territory's government said in a statement Monday that the tanker was "well inside" British Gibraltar Territorial Waters when it was boarded, having "previously exited the worldwide waters of the Straits of Gibraltar".
Iran has condemned the British government's move as "maritime piracy" and summoned Britain's ambassador three times in protest.
"Capture of the Iranian oil tanker based on fabricated excuses. will not be unanswered and when necessary Tehran will give appropriate answer", Bagheri said.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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