Iran isn’t even trying to hide it anymore.
They’ve been stealing.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on June Fourth that Iran did indeed steal oil from two Greek tankers last month during a helicopter raid in the Persian Gulf.
It gets a bit complicated and world-politic-y, but let me try to explain the order of events:
America sets (admittedly harsh) sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Iran did not comply.
America responded by seizing crude oil from an Iranian tanker, with help from Greece.
If Greece was going to take oil from Iran, then Iran thought they were owed oil by Greece, and took what they thought was theirs.
Khamenei addressed the situation during an 80-minute speech on Saturday.
Of course, Khamenei didn’t view it as stealing.
According to him, Iran simply desired what belonged to them:
“They steal Iranian oil off the Greek coast, then our brave men who don’t fear death respond and seized the enemy’s oil tanker. But they use their media empire and extensive propaganda to accuse Iran of piracy. Who is the pirate? You stole our oil, we took it back from you. Taking back a stolen property is not called stealing.”
A renewed Iran nuclear deal agreement will cast the “sellout” Biden administration as responsible for the resulting “blood of Americans, Israelis, and Iranians,” charged Iranian advocacy group Iranian Americans for Liberty (IAL). https://t.co/0PtSjPPvTD
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