MNA â€“ Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that in continuation of its economic terrorism against the Iranian people, Washington has attempted to steal Iranâ€™s property but it has failed.
In a Thursday tweet, right after report of releasing supertanker Grace 1 by Gibraltar, Zarif took to Twitter and wrote, â€œHaving failed to accomplish its objectives through its Economic Terrorismâ€”including depriving cancer patients of medicineâ€” the US attempted to abuse the legal system to steal our property on the high seas.â€?
â€œThis piracy attempt is indicative of Trump admin’s contempt for the law,â€? he highlighted.
Despite all US pressures, Gibraltarâ€™s government released on Thursday the Iranian-operated supertanker, which was seized by British marines in the Strait of Gibraltar on July 4.
Earlier on Thursday, Gibraltar said that the US had applied to seize the Iranian-operated oil tanker after British media reported that the vesselâ€™s release was imminent following a set of diplomatic exchanges between Tehran and London.
Late on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif reiterated that detention of Grace 1 was 100% â€˜unlawfulâ€™. He referred to Iranâ€™s London embassy letter to UK Foreign and Commonwealth office.
Zarif said the letter had â€œProtested the illegal detention of Grace1; Repeated public statements about destination; & Made it crystal clear that EU sanctions do NOT apply to Iranâ€”a position shared by most Europeans.â€?
â€œNothing changes the fact: detention was 100% unlawful,â€? he stressed.
Source: The Iran Project