Did John Bolton Light the Fuse of the UK-Iranian Tanker Crisis?
Evidence suggests he pressured the Brits to seize an Iranian ship. Why? More war.
Publisher: Dissident Voice
Date Written: 23/07/2019
Year Published: 2019
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23728
The details of the UK's seizure of the Grace 1 point to involvement by John Bolton and the Trump administration to put pressure on Iran.
The statement by Gibraltar's chief minister said the decision to seize the ship was taken after the receipt of "information" that provided "reasonable grounds" for suspicion that it was carrying oil destined for Syria's Banyas refinery. That suggested the intelligence had come from a government that neither he nor the British wished to reveal.
BBC defense correspondent Jonathan Beale reported: "[I]t appears the intelligence came from the United States." Acting Spanish Foreign Minister Joseph Borrell commented on July 4 that the British seizure had followed "a demand from the United States to the UK." On July 19, Reuters London correspondent Guy Falconbridge reported, "[S]everal diplomatic sources said the United States asked the UK to seize the vessel...."
That decision came immediately after Panamas National Security Council issued an alert claiming that the Iranian-owned tanker may be participating in terrorism financing in supporting the destabilization activities of some regimes led by terrorist groups.
The Panamanian body did not cite any evidence that the Grace 1 had ever been linked to terrorism.