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In a statement to Boris Johnson, who appeared to be the most likely to take over as British prime minister, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran "does not want confrontation" with Britain over the two oil carriers. "It is important that Boris Johnson, when he enters the 10 Duang Street, understands that Iran is not seeking confrontation and wants to establish normal relations based on mutual respect," he told reporters in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua, where he is on an official visit.

This comes in response to a question on whether there is a message he wants to be addressed to Johnson, who is likely to be named Tuesday (July 23, 2019) as the new Conservative Party leader to succeed the outgoing Prime Minister Teresa Mai on Wednesday.

Britain has called on Iran to release a British oil tanker seized in the Gulf on Friday, two weeks after British authorities seized an Iranian tanker off Gibraltar.

Zarif claimed that the move by Britain to the United States, whose president Donald Trump called Monday the Islamic Republic as the first "state of terrorism" in the world.

At the end of last week, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who is competing for the post of British prime minister, said London wanted to "reduce the escalation" of tension with Iran, But insisted that the Iranian carrier "Grace 1" held by his country was carrying oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.

Zarif said the allegations were "groundless" and accused the British of behaving in a "more sacred way than the pope" in implementing measures "not carried out by the European Union itself." "Everybody understands that starting a conflict can be easy, but ending it will be impossible," he said.


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