BREAKING: Iran warns UK will be ‘slapped in the face’ for ‘daring’ to capture oil tanker

 British Royal Marines helped the authorities in Gibraltar take the Iranian super-tanker – the Grace 1 – last week because of evidence it was carrying oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions  Cleric Kazem Sedighi today told worshippers: “Iran's strong establishment will soon slap Britain in the face for daring to seize the Iranian oil tanker ” Earlier this morning, a spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry today warned: "This is a dangerous game and has consequences  "The legal pretexts for the capture are not validthe release of the tanker is in all countries' interest "    On Wednesday, five armed vessels unsuccessfully attempted to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf in response  The British Heritage tanker was said to be sailing out of the Persian Gulf and crossing into the Strait of Hormuz when it was approached by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard corps  Officials in Tehran reportedly ordered the oil tanker to change its course and stop in nearby Iranian territorial waters, US officials say  The UK's Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose had been escorting the tanker from the rear  A Government spokesman confirmed HMS Montrose was forced to "issue verbal warnings" to the incoming boat    Tensions have flared between The West and Iran ever since US President Donald Trump pulled the country out of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal   Under the agreement, Iran was restricted to producing low-enriched uranium with a 3-4% concentration – restricting them from developing nuclear weapons   But the US withdrew from the deal last year and imposed crippling sanctions on the Middle Eastern country   Since then, Iran has ramped up its uranium programme – triggering fears of a nuclear arms race

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