The latest, ridiculous behavior by Iran has taken the world by surprise, and two powerful allies are not happy about it.
Iran has been lashing out at the world at large in recent weeks after the Obama-era nuclear “deal” reached between Tehran and Washington was rescinded by Donald Trump. This, along with related international sanctions placed on the Persian nation, have led the Iranian regime to commit several acts of terrorism aimed at the oil industry of the Middle East.
The latest of these infractions comes after two British oil tankers were seized in the Strait of Hormuz, with Iran now making hostages of the ship’s crews.
This hasn’t sat well with western powers, and the British have leveled a major warning toward Tehran.
Britain warned of “serious consequences” if Iran fails to release a British tanker that was forcibly seized by Iranian naval forces in the Strait of Hormuz, but Iranian leaders signaled that the vessel was seized as payback amid widening disputes with the West over sanctions.
The spokesman of Iran’s Guardian Council, Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, was quoted as saying Friday’s interdiction of the Stena Impero tanker was “reciprocal action” in response to Britain holding an Iranian vessel in the Mediterranean.
Kadkhodaei’s remarks, reported by Iran’s Fars news agency, also denounced the “illegitimate economic war” on Iran, an apparent reference to international sanctions.
The Guardian Council, a powerful group that oversees internal matters such as elections, rarely comments on international affairs. But its declarations about the tanker seizure possibly reflect the views of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and a willingness by Iran’s rulers to step up the brinkmanship.
President Trump has weighed in as well.
“Iran is showing their true colours,” President Trump told reporters outside the White House, adding: “Iran is in big trouble.”
The Commander in Chief had previously derailed an airstrike against Iran after the Revolutionary Guard took down an American drone over international waters.