Iran's nominated Defence Minister Amir Hatami attends a parliament session to discuss the president's proposed cabinet in Tehran on August 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – In a televised address on state TV, Iran’s Minister of Defense Amir Hatami warned the United Kingdom that the Islamic Republic has already proven they will react if pushed. 

Hatami pointed out that the recent downing of the U.S. spy plane was a clear message to the world that Iran will not back down to threats.

“Iran will never tolerate a threat on its borders and anyone who seeks to harm Iran’s security will be punished.”

The Iranian Defense Minister then turned his attention to the seizure of the Grace 1 supertanker by the British Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar.

“These days we witnessed a threatening act from the government of England in the Strait of Gibraltar against a tanker from the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Hatami said. “This is an incorrect and wrong action, an action similar to maritime robbery…certainly these kinds of robberies will not be tolerated.”

On July 4th, the British Navy detained the Iranian supertanker off the coast of Gibraltar at the request of the United States, which said the ship was carrying oil shipments to Syria in violation of Western sanctions.

Iran has denied that the ship was planning to transport the oil to the Syrian port city of Tartous.

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Ilya Ilyayev

Iran needs to strengthen its regular military forces, test a nuclear weapon and also create strong alliances with Russia and China. Russia is still awaiting Iranian orders for S-400.

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+++ “Iran needs to strengthen its regular military forces” >>> 80% of Iranians are against the regime. The regime doesn’t trusts regular militaries, that’s why it spends much more in the Waffen-SS name IRGC. +++ “test a nuclear weapon” >>> Mark my words, they won’t test a 2nd one, they may not even be let testing the 1st one +++ “create strong alliances with Russia and China” >>> ??????? Hey, you think there are no Russian or Chinese translations of Koran? Any non-Mussie reading Surah 9 understands what are the goals of any “Islamic republic” and starts an immediate Islamophobia… Read more »