Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps announced earlier that its navy has captured a British-flagged tanker ‘Stena Impero’ in the Strait of Hormuz. The action by those involved is in violation of international regulations which protect ships and their crews as they go about their legitimate business in international waters. Our priority is for the safety and welfare of the crew. We call on the UK Government to do whatever is necessary to ensure their safe and swift return.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said its navy has captured the British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. Two US officials also said a British tanker has been seized. «We are aware of reports that Iranian forces seized a British oil tanker,» national security counsel spokesman Garrett Marquis said in a statement. «This is the second time in just over a week the UK has been the target of escalatory violence by the Iranian regime,» Marquis went on.
Tensions between the US and Iran have in recent weeks following several incidents involving tankers and drones. The British Heritage tanker was sailing out of the Persian Gulf and was crossing into the Strait of Hormuz area when it was approached by boats from the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The Iranians ordered the tanker to change course and stop in nearby Iranian territorial waters, according to the officials.
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