US, Britain will ‘strongly regret’ oil tanker seizure: Iran Guards Jul 12, 2019 0 1869 12345 AFPTehranIran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Thursday that the United States and Britain will “strongly regret” the seizure of a tanker off Gibraltar, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported.“If the enemy had made the smallest assessment they wouldn’t have done this act,” said Rear-Admiral Ali Fadavi, deputy commander in chief of the Revolutionary Guards, referring to the seizure of an oil tanker late last week by Gibraltar’s police aided by British Royal Marines.He added that the seizure of the tanker was “stupidity... a trait the American President has in spades and the British to some extent.” The Guards also denied on Thursday that they had in turn impeded a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz in a statement published by the force’s Sepahnews site.“There has been no confrontation in the last 24 hours with any foreign vessels, including British ones,” the statement said. Britain’s government said Thursday three Iranian boats had attempted to “impede the passage” of a British oil tanker in Gulf waters, forcing UK warship HMS Montrose to intervene. The Guards’ statement said that if they were ordered to seize foreign vessels they would do so “immediately, decisively and speedily.” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called reports alleging that the Guards tried to impede the British oil tanker “claims to create tension (in the region,) these claims are worthless,” the official state news agency IRNA reported. Referring to last week’s seizure of a tanker off Gibraltar, Fadavi said that the vessel had “been leased” to “transfer cargo.” Iran condemned the detention as an “illegal interception,” but Gibraltar officials said that the cargo was believed to be destined for Syria, which is subject to European sanctions.The 330 metre (1,000 feet) Grace 1 tanker, capable of carrying two million barrels of oil, was halted on July 4.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Britain on Wednesday of the “consequences” of what he described as “a foolish act”. “I point out to the British that you initiated insecurity (on the seas) and you shall grasp the consequences of it later on,” Rouhani said in comments to the cabinet broadcast by state TV.On Monday Iran’s defence minister had vowed to respond to Britain’s move, which he called an act of maritime piracy. Brigadier-General Amir Hatami said it “will not be tolerated by us.” Iranian-US tensions have spiked in recent weeks, with Washington blaming Tehran for multiple attacks on ships, and the Islamic republic shooting down an American surveillance drone. RELATED ARTICLES Israeli troops kill fighter on Gaza border: Hamas Jul 12, 2019 0 363 Japanese probe lands on distant asteroid Jul 12, 2019 0 1789 Clashes kill more than 80 fighters in northwest Syria Jul 12, 2019 0 366 Four killed in blasts at funeral in Libya dpa Benghazi Four people were killed in three back-to-back explosions during the funeral of an ex-military commander in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi on Thursday, an army official said. Twenty-six others were .. Sanctions widen US assault on Lebanon, says Hezbollah Reuters BEIRUT Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Thursday that new US sanctions against three of its officials, including two MPs, have widened Washington’s assault on Lebanon. The move marks the first time the United States .. 11 dead as boat capsizes in Niger AFP Niamey Eleven people drowned Thursday when their boat capsized on a river in central Niger, the governor of the region said. The accident happened near the town of Maradi, said governor Zakari Oumarou of the Maradi .. Clashes rock volatile C Africa area after vendor’s killing Bangui: Clashes rocked a volatile Muslim-majority area of the Central African Republic capital Bangui for a second day Thursday in tit-for-tat violence after a vendor was killed by a local militia. The PK5 district has .. EU mulls adding Saudi Arabia to money-laundering grey list: Sources Reuters BRUSSELS The European Union is preparing an overhaul of its listing of countries that pose money-laundering risks, an EU confidential document shows, a review that could allow Saudi Arabia to be moved to a new ..