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WorldThreat level raised for UK ships in Iranian waters

01:50  12 july  2019
01:50  12 july  2019 Source:   bbc.com

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The U . K . raised the threat level for its armed forces and diplomats in Iraq because of an increased security risk from Iran , according to two people familiar with the matter. The move by the British government follows a decision on Wednesday to order its non-emergency government employees to

Threat level raised for UK ships in Iranian waters . The threat level was raised to the highest point before Iranian boats 'tried to intercept' a British tanker.

Threat level raised for UK ships in Iranian waters © Reuters HMS Montrose was shadowing a British tanker as it moved into the Strait of Hormuz

The UK has raised the threat to British shipping in Iranian waters in the Gulf to the highest level.

The step was taken on Tuesday, amid growing tensions in the region.

On Wednesday, Iranian boats tried to impede a British oil tanker in the region - before being driven off by a Royal Navy ship, the Ministry of Defence said.

Iran had threatened to retaliate for the seizure of one of its own tankers but denied any attempted seizure.

The Department for Transport said it regularly provided security advice to UK ships in high-risk areas.

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Move comes as UK seeks to repair breach with US after disagreement over Iranian threat .

The UK said the commercial ship , British Heritage, was in disputed waters claimed by Iran when it was challenged by three Iranian vessels and ordered to move north. HMS Montrose then intervened, aiming its guns at the Iranian boats to ward them off. The UK , keen to de-escalate the crisis and preserve

Boats believed to belong to Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) approached the British Heritage tanker and tried to bring it to a halt as it was moving out of the Gulf into the Strait of Hormuz.

HMS Montrose, a British frigate shadowing the BP-owned tanker, was forced to move between the three boats and the ship, a Ministry of Defence spokesman said.

He described the Iranians' actions as "contrary to international law".

Guns on HMS Montrose were trained on the Iranian boats as they were ordered to back off, US media reported. The boats heeded the warning and no shots were fired.

Last week, British Royal Marines helped the authorities in Gibraltar seize an Iranian tanker because of evidence it was carrying oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.

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London has raised the threat level for UK troops and diplomats in Iraq over alleged increased security risks from Iran , Sky News Christopher Ghika, who is a deputy commander of the coalition forces, stated that the threat level by Iranian -backed groups against the troops in Iraq and Syria has not risen.

Can ships in the area avoid Iranian waters ? So instead of sailing through international waters , ships must pass through Iranian or Omani territory which both extend 12 nautical miles out from their coasts. Iran appears to have been attempting to make good on its threat against British-flagged

A spokesman for the Royal Gibraltar Police said they had arrested the Indian captain and chief officer of the Iranian tanker on Thursday, on suspicion of breaching EU sanctions, but neither had been charged.

Threat level raised for UK ships in Iranian waters © BBC

The BBC has been told British Heritage was near the island of Abu Musa when it was approached by the Iranian boats.

Although Abu Musa is in disputed territorial waters, HMS Montrose remained in international waters throughout.

Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the government was concerned by the incident and urged the Iranian authorities to "de-escalate the situation".

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt added the UK would monitor the situation "very carefully".

Prime Minister Theresa May's official spokesman said the government was "committed to maintaining freedom of navigation in accordance with international law".

What does Iran say?

The navy of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps has denied claims it tried to seize the tanker, Iranian news agencies reported. IRGC's navy said there had been no confrontation with any foreign vessels in the past 24 hours.

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The U . K . has raised the threat level for its forces and diplomatic personnel in Iraq due to “heightened security risk from Iran ,” local media reported on Thursday. Britain has also put its personnel and their families in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar on an “increased state of alert,” Sky News reported.

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Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the UK made the claims "for creating tension".

"These claims have no value," Mr Zarif added, according to the Fars news agency.

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Iran threatens British shipping in retaliation for tanker seizure.
Iran threatens British shipping in retaliation for tanker seizure

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