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10th July 2019, 19:10

Iran President accuses UK of initiating insecurity following Grace 1 seizure

The President of Iran has accused the UK of being 'the initiator of insecurity' following the seizure of the Grace 1 Supertanker in Gibraltar waters last week.

The vessel is believed by the Gibraltar authorities to have been bound for an oil refinery in Syria which is the subject of EU sanctions. Earlier this week Laboratory tests confirmed the cargo of the Grace 1 to be crude oil. But Iran disputes this, and accuses the UK of piracy.

In a press conference in Tehran, the country's President, Hassan Rouhani, has said the UK is the initiator of insecurity, and has warned there will be 'consequences' if the tanker isn't released.