UK Seizure of Iran’s Oil Tanker Not to Go Unanswered: Top General

Reuters

Last year, Rouhani urged European leaders to work with Iran to counter the Trump administration's and U.S. Republicans' increasingly aggressive stance toward the Islamic Republic.

Senior Iranian politicians have threatened to retaliate by seizing a British tanker.

Since Trump withdrew from the nuclear accord, the restoration of heavy sanctions on Iran, including its oil industry, has exacerbated an economic crisis that has sent the currency plummeting.

Rouhani, however, after meeting with Bonne said "Iran has fully left the path open for diplomacy and negotiation".

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.

The British navy has captured the supertanker in retaliation for the "direct, transparent and courageous" move by the Iranian Armed Forces to shoot down an intruding U.S. spy drone in the Iranian airspace in June, he added.

Ali Shamkhani, a senior Iranian security official, told a French envoy Wednesday that the decision to increase enrichment is an "unchangeable strategy" and criticized European countries for their "lack of will" in providing relief from the US sanctions, according to the official IRNA news agency.

Bonnes" mission is "to try and open the discussion space to avoid an uncontrolled escalation, or even an accident, ' according to French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Meanwhile, Iran's deputy Foreign Minister has said the United Kingdom ambassador in Tehran visited the foreign ministry Saturday for a second time.

Responding to the statement, Rouhani added: '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 global obligations'.

The seizure sparked the anger of Tehran, with the latest to weigh in President Rouhani, who said earlier today there will be "consequences" for Britain.

'And so I think probably over the next couple of weeks we'll identify which nations have the political will to support that initiative and then we'll work directly with the militaries to identify the specific capabilities that'll support that'.

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