Over 40 days after Britain illegally seized Iran’s Grace 1 super-tanker (renamed the Adrian Darya 1) on orders by the Trump regime, likely John Bolton—the vessel left Gibraltar late Sunday evening for a reported Mediterranean destination believed to be Kalamata, Greece, according to TankerTrackers.com.
Iranian lawmaker, member of its Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, Alaeddin Boroujerdi explained that “[o]ur diplomacy on this issue [getting the tanker released] was based on ensuring national security and interest of the country and also on revolutionary diplomacy of resistance.”
Despite heavy Trump regime pressure and bullying, Gibraltar authorities ordered the vessel’s release, Boroujerdi added, “Seizing Iranian tanker was an illegal measure and an act of piracy by England upon US order.”
“In line with its legal authorities and in a bid to ensure security of Hormuz Strait and the Persian Gulf, the Islamic Republic of Iran retaliated against the UK’s measure because the security of the Persian Gulf region is the security of the Islamic Republic.”
“England’s measure was a threat to international maritime security, so the Islamic Republic of Iran decided to give a firm response since many countries send tankers to the Persian Gulf to buy oil and Iran couldn’t let the region face a crisis.”
Iran’s envoy to London Hamid Baeidinejad tweeted: “The overwhelming attention of global and regional politicians and the public opinion reflects the important political, international and legal outcomes of the actions taken in the past few days.”
“The US, with its forlorn last-ditch attempts, tried to prevent the release of the oil tanker but faced a humiliating defeat.”
Iranian lawmaker Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh said the US-UK created crisis over unlawfully seizing the vessel won’t end until reaches its destination unobstructed. He called on Britain’s BoJo regime to respect Iran’s sovereign rights, adding:
“This means that the crisis with Britain is not over. Britain has the primary responsibility for ending the oil tanker crisis.”
Trump regime orchestrated tanker war is all about applying unlawful “maximum pressure” on Iran—because of its sovereign independence, opposition to US aggression, support for Palestinian rights, and redoubtable resistance against the US imperial scourge.
Britain is a subservient appendage of US foreign policy, the same true for other NATO countries, Israel, and most nations in Latin America, Asia, and elsewhere.
Turkey broke with Washington by buying Russian S-400 air defense missiles, the gold standard for this purpose, ignoring threatened Trump regime retaliation—while strengthening its ties to Russia, a reliable foreign partner.
On Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said further hostile moves against Iranian vessels “would endanger shipping safety (and have) grave consequences,” adding, “We have issued a warning through official channels, especially the Swiss embassy.”
Trump regime all-out war on Iran by other means rages despite the Adrian Darya 1’s release.
It’s just a matter of time before its next hostile act, pushing things toward possible belligerent confrontation with the region’s leading peace and stability proponent.
The US under both right wings of its war party is an unparalleled global menace—proved time and again by its contempt for peace, equity, justice, and the rule of law.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.