UK caught in middle of US power play with Iran
Seizure of Iranian oil tanker off Gibraltar was welcomed by US hawks but left Britain looking vulnerable
When Gibraltar’s authorities unexpectedly impounded the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 in July, one member of Donald Trump’s administration was particularly pleased. John Bolton, the president’s hawkish national security adviser, tweeted: “Excellent news”.
The authorities in Gibraltar – with the backing of the British – said the vessel was heading for Syria. Selling oil to the regime of Bashar al-Assad was in breach of EU sanctions.Continue reading...