The Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs made the statement the day after the Iranian tanker was detained; it was transporting the smuggled fuel; the authorities of the Islamic Republic detained it.
“Iran used to forgo some maritime offences in ... (the) Gulf but it will never close (its) eyes anymore,” Zarif stated.
The Minister of the political institution also criticized U.S. sanctions imposed on him on Wednesday.
“Sanctions against the Foreign Minister mean Washington closed the door to diplomacy,” the Minister noted.
As we reported earlier, Iran continued oil supply to the Mediterranian and Asia defying the U.S. sanctions. 14 tankers still continued exporting the oil to China and may also have gone to Syria and Turkey through the Suez Canal. Iran was transporting more than 500,000 barrels since June.