An Iranian envoy to the United Nations has issued a stern warning against acts of piracy targeting tankers carrying Iran’s oil cargos at sea, urging the international community to condemn such illegal measures that endanger freedom of navigation.
Zahra Ershadi, deputy permanent representative of Iran to the UN, made the remarks on Wednesday in an address to the UN General Assembly’s meeting on oceans and the law of the sea.
She complained that the coronavirus pandemic and the US imposition of sanctions under the so-called maximum pressure campaign had disrupted freedom of movement for Iranian vessels and affected the provision of the nation’s basic needs such as food, medicine and medical equipment.
“In addition to the previous acts that have been outlawed, stolen Iranian oil and its drivers at sea have been a new development since last year,” she said. “We strongly warn about the continuation of this dangerous policy that exacerbates an already…