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Germany: Iran's seizure of British tanker 'a breach of international law' - Foreign Ministry02:40

Germany: Iran's seizure of British tanker 'a breach of international law' - Foreign Ministry

Germany, Berlin
July 22, 2019 at 13:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

Germany condemned the seizure by Iran of a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz and said the incident could not be related to the UK's decision to seize an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar, earlier this month. The remarks were made by government spokesperson Rainer Breul, who spoke during a press conference in Berlin on Monday.

Breul rejected Iran's allegations that claimed the British tanker was inside Iranian waters, and said there was no reasons to doubt UK reports. "The seizing is therefore clearly a breach of international law," he added.

Regarding German Ambassador to Venezuela Daniel Kriener, Breul confirmed that the diplomat returned to the south American country on Saturday, but stressed that Germany's stance on Venezuela remained unchanged.

Kriener was declared "persona non grata" by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in March, when he joined other foreign diplomats in greeting opposition leader Juan Guaido back from a trip abroad.

Germany: Iran's seizure of British tanker 'a breach of international law' - Foreign Ministry02:40
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Germany condemned the seizure by Iran of a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz and said the incident could not be related to the UK's decision to seize an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar, earlier this month. The remarks were made by government spokesperson Rainer Breul, who spoke during a press conference in Berlin on Monday.

Breul rejected Iran's allegations that claimed the British tanker was inside Iranian waters, and said there was no reasons to doubt UK reports. "The seizing is therefore clearly a breach of international law," he added.

Regarding German Ambassador to Venezuela Daniel Kriener, Breul confirmed that the diplomat returned to the south American country on Saturday, but stressed that Germany's stance on Venezuela remained unchanged.

Kriener was declared "persona non grata" by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in March, when he joined other foreign diplomats in greeting opposition leader Juan Guaido back from a trip abroad.

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