Iranian official threatens to seize British oil tanker

An adviser to the supreme leader says Iran should retaliate, after the UK detained an Iranian oil tanker.

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Media captionThe oil tanker is suspected of carrying crude oil to Syria

An Iranian official has said a British oil tanker should be seized, if a detained Iranian ship is not released.

British Royal Marines helped officials in Gibraltar to seize the super-tanker Grace 1 on Thursday, after it was suspected of carrying oil from Iran to Syria, in breach of EU sanctions.

A court in Gibraltar has ruled the ship can be detained for a further 14 days.

Iran later summoned the British ambassador in Tehran to complain about what it said was a “form of piracy”.

Mohsen Rezaei said Iran would respond to bullies “without hesitation”.

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