- “Fortunately, the government of Gibraltar rejected the US request to extend the detention of the tanker and issued the permit to release it,” Abolfazl Hassanbeigi told Tasnim.
If the US had prevented the release of the Iranian tanker, the Islamic Republic would certainly have taken a countermeasure because the country had the right to retaliate, he added.
The parliamentarian went on to say that Iran’s diplomacy is based on preserving national security and interests, adding that Iran’s “resistance and revolutionary diplomacy” led to the release of Adrian Darya 1.
The authorities in Gibraltar on Thursday released the Iranian vessel, Grace 1 (now known as Adrian Darya), defying a US request hours earlier to seize the ship. They also released the ship’s crew from detention.
On July 4, the British Royal Marines seized the giant Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar for trying to take oil to Syria allegedly in violation of EU sanctions.
Tehran maintained that the supertanker was not bound for Syria and its seizure has taken place at the behest of the US.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry had summoned the British envoy to Tehran several times in protest at the UK navy’s move.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had warned London that it will definitely pay the price for the illegal seizure of Grace 1 in international waters.