Blinken Slams Iran’s ‘Unjustified Seizure’ of Greek Oil Tankers

Secretary of State warns Iran threatens global economy

Last week the US seized an Iranian oil tanker in Greek territorial waters. Iran summoned the Greek charges d’affaires to protest, and on Friday seized two Greek tankers which were loaded with Iraqi oil.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken slammed Iran for the “unjustified seizures” of the Greek ships. Greece is calling for the ships to be released.

This is a tough position for the Greeks, as Iran’s complaints of Greek inaction during the US “act of piracy” weren’t entirely unfounded. Greece likely felt they couldn’t do anything about the US taking a ship from their waters.

Now that Iran’s protests have extended to tit-for-tat actions on Greek ships, the Greeks similarly can’t do much about it. The US will give lip service to criticizing Iran, but so long as they got the Iranian ship, that’s probably as far as that will go.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of