Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the seizure off Gibraltar of an Iranian oil tanker would not be left “without a response” while speaking to Muslim leaders from different cities in Tehran on Tuesday.

He called the British government “vicious” and accused it of committing “piracy."

“They commit crimes and legalise it and they make up reasons for their actions. But the reality is that this is piracy. The Islamic Republic and the faithful members of the establishment will not let such vicious acts go without a response,” pledged Khamenei.

According to reports, the British Royal Marines took part in an operation to seize an Iranian oil tanker in the Strait of Gibraltar on July 4, on alleged suspicion that it was taking oil to Syria, in violation of EU sanctions. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi denied the accusations.

Addressing nuclear deal issues between Iran and Europe, Khamenei called Europe “insolent” for demanding that Iran kept to its JCPOA commitments.

“We abided by our commitments in JCPOA and even beyond them. Now, that we have begun to reduce our commitments, they are asking why we are decreasing our commitments. How insolent. You [Europe] had 11 commitments and you have not abided by any of them,” said Iran’s Supreme Leader.

"We have just begun to decrease our commitments and this process will certainly continue," he warned.

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