“Only, as we said before: it wasn’t ours. But sb else’s oil has certainly been stolen. No one civilized brags abt stealing,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh wrote in a post to his Twitter account on Friday, Press TV reported.
He was reacting to an announcement by the US on Thursday that it had sold approximately 1.1 million barrels of Venezuela-bound “Iranian” oil seized in August for more than $40 million.
Khatibzadeh further said US officials are acting like “the Pirates of the Caribbean,” in a wordplay using the name of a popular American movie, adding that they are even openly boasting about their “booty.”
“No one civilized brags abt stealing,” the Iranian official said.
“The Pirates of the Caribbean openly boasting abt their booty.
“Only, as we said before: it wasn't ours. But sb else's oil has certainly been stolen. No one civilized brags abt stealing.”
Elsewhere in his comments, Khatibzadeh referred to all the sanctions that the US has imposed on Iran as part of its so-called maximum pressure campaign, saying the administration of US President Donald Trump is running out of pressure tools in dealing with the Islamic.
“To US rogue regime: your toolbox, unlike ours, is shrinking by the day. Ask @robertcobrien! pic.twitter.com/P6PGzqXkBU”
O’Brien has recently admitted that the “US has out-sanctioned its ability to inflict more pain on Iranian people.”
“One of the problems we have with both Iran and Russia is that we have so many sanctions on those countries right now that there’s very little left for us to do,” he said.
In a recent tweet, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reacted to O’Brien’s confession and said it’s “time for the US to finally admit it is a Sanction Addict.”
“Kick the habit. More economic warfare against Iran will bring the US less—and not more—influence,” Zarif said.