Pirate Who Would Be PM Says Will Release Captured Tanker If Iran Pinky Swears It’s Not Headed to Syria

Jeremy Hunt gets to snatch non-British ships if they're headed for the wrong country?

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said the Iranian tanker detained by Royal Marines near Gibraltar could be released, if the UK is guaranteed the oil is not bound for Syria.

The tanker, seized on 4 July, was suspected of breaking EU sanctions.

Iran claimed the seizure was “piracy”. Iranian ships later tried to impede a British tanker, the UK claimed.

After “constructive” talks with Tehran, Mr Hunt said he was encouraged Iran has no desire to escalate the situation.

He said he reassured Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that “our concern has always been destination, not origin of the oil” and that the UK would facilitate release “if we received sufficient guarantees that it would not be going to Syria”.

He added that Mr Zarif wants to resolve the issue and was “not seeking to escalate”.

However, the Iranian foreign minister insisted his country would continue its oil exports under any conditions.

In a statement issued after the phone conversation with Mr Hunt, Mr Zarif said the destination of the oil tanker was a legal one in the eastern Mediterranean, adding that Britain should quickly release the vessel.

Source: BBC

  1. John C Carleton says

    Proposed five step British plan of atonement for their crimes.
    Just hang him as a pirate.
    Britain apologies to Iran.
    Give the Iranians their ship back.
    Arrest the illegal German immigrant squatting in Buckingham, on Public Assistant.
    Then stop murdering Syrians for Israhell.

  2. mijj says

    Jeremy Hunt continues the theme of UK playground antics.

  3. thomas malthaus says


    I’m not sure how familiar Mr. Trump is with the JCPOA, but his unilateral actions to withdraw from it might have come from another official’s recommendation. In hindsight, this seems the start of a plan designed to provoke Iran via the false flags we’ve come to have observed recently.

    Fast forward to last week when the House voted down any war authorization against Iran. The Senate may vote differently, but it appears a nascent peace voting bloc has arisen in Washington D.C. Of all places. We hope its real.

    It would seem the Bolton or Bolton-Netanyahu plan is faltering. Where do President Trump’s sentiments lie?

  4. Séamus Ó Néill says

    Who does Britain think they are, a bankrupt puppet of America, responsible for centuries of slavery,famine,genocide etc around the world and now reduced to piracy and gold theft. I have news for you, the world is poised to end, forever, the murderous genocidal rampages of you, America and Israel

    1. Padre says

      Faithful gardener, or better yet trustful butler!

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