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Veep: Iran’s “Legitimate” Seizure of UK-Flagged Ship out of Political Stability, Power

TEHRAN Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri lauded his country's power and stability, and reminded that Tehran's detention of the UK-flagged ship in the Strait of Hormuz was completely on legal grounds and proved that the Islamic Republic enjoyed high level of power and internal coordination.

Addressing a gathering in the holy city of Mashhad on Thursday, Jahangiri said the UK had seized the Iranian vessel during an act of piracy, but the Islamic Republic detained their ship authoritatively and on legal grounds in a move that served to prove the Islamic Republic's political stability, power, integrity, and coordination existing among Iranian authorities.

The official remarked on Iran's seizure last month of a British-flagged tanker, which was sailing in the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf. Iranian naval forces detained Stena Impero on July 19 for violating international maritime regulations when crossing the high-traffic strait.

The capture came after British forces seized an Iranian-operated supertanker in the Strait of Gibraltar off Spain on the allegation that it was carrying Iranian oil to Syria in violation of the European Union's unilateral sanctions on the Arab country. Iran has denied that the vessel was heading for Syria, and Spain later said that London had ordered the confiscation at the request of the United States, which has been trying to hamper Iran's international oil sales.

Elsewhere, the first vice-president strictly discouraged use of bullying as a method by whoever, who chooses to deal with the Islamic Republic, reiterating the country's stance that dialog is the only way out of all standing tensions.

Logic and dialog are the only solutions to [all] issues, and bullying against the Islamic Republic will lead nowhere, Jahangiri underlined.

Europe and the West have borne witness to Iran's power in various areas, and are now seeking to find solutions for their issues with our country, the official noted.

The comments came as the European parties to a 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran are scrambling to meet the country's demand of reaping its business benefits under the deal.

The United States left the agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), last May, and returned the sanctions that had been relieved by the accord.

Since then, Tehran has insisted that the remaining signatories should give the agreement more than just lip-service in the aftermath of Washington's illegal decisions. It has insisted that it would only remain a party to the JCPOA as long as it keeps deriving the economic benefits that it is contractually entitled to.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Jahangiri reminded his audience that it has been more than a year since the US deserted the agreement, saying, They (Washington and its allies) believed that the economic problems and pressure [resulting from the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal] would lead to chaos and tension in Iran.

Today, however, we witness that the economic conditions are better than last year. The situation is still difficult, but the economy has stabilized and [successfully] weathered the turbulence, Iran's first vice-president stated.

Source: Fars News Agency