Some of the the Stena Impero’s 23 foreign crew members being detained by Iranian authorities after the British-flagged tanker was seized – Fars More
It followed a signal from the United States that it would not aid Britain in the Persian Gulf, in a fresh sign of disagreement between the allies over Iran policy. Iran seized the British-flagged Stena Impero on Friday in retaliation for Royal Navy marines impounding an Iranian supertanker off Gibraltar earlier this month on suspicion it was transporting oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions. Mr Hunt said he had spoken to the Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif, as well as the foreign ministers of Oman, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Finland, Spain and Denmark. He said he would discuss how this would complement US proposals in the area.
Spanish newspaper El Pais reported over the weekend that the US alerted Madrid that the Grace 1 was heading towards its waters. The UK on the other hand has attempted to deescalate tensions and keep the accord alive. It agrees with other European signatories to the deal that it is the best chance of limiting Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
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