Royal Marines have boarded an oil tanker in Gibraltar on its way to Syria
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'Iran Should Seize UK Oil Tanker', Former Revolutionary Guard Leader Says

Mohsen Rezaei's statement comes in response to authorities detaining an Iranian oil tanker off the coast of Gibraltar.

Royal Marines have boarded an oil tanker in Gibraltar on its way to Syria

Authorities intercepted an Iranian tanker believed to be breaching European Union sanctions (Picture: MOD).

A former leader of Iran's Revolutionary Guard has said the Islamic Republic should consider seizing a British oil tanker in response to authorities detaining an Iranian oil tanker off the coast of Gibraltar.

Mohsen Rezaei, who led the Guard during the 1980s Tanker War in the Persian Gulf, wrote Friday on Twitter: "If England does not release the Iranian oil tanker, the duty ... (of Iran) is to respond and seize one English oil tanker."

Authorities in Gibraltar intercepted a super tanker believed to be breaching European Union sanctions by carrying a shipment of Iranian crude oil to Syria.

There is more controversy surrounding this operation than what was on this ship and where it was heading.

Spanish authorities say the seizure came at the request of the US.

The seizure comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the US over Tehran's unravelling nuclear deal with world powers.