London has descended into a diplomatic spat with Tehran after British Royal Marines impounded the Syria-bound vessel yesterday in Gibraltar. An Iranian official described the move — a first for Europe following a 2011 ban on oil shipments to the war-torn country — as “a form of piracy.” Meanwhile, U.S. national security advisor John Bolton called the seizure “excellent news.”
Why does it matter? Some experts suggest that such a high-profile act is aimed at showing that Europe is serious about keeping Tehran in check as it struggles to keep the 2015 nuclear deal alive.
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