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WorldUK sends second warship to Gulf after Iran threats over seized tanker

15:08  12 july  2019
15:08  12 july  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

Iran, US and Britain at odds over Gulf incident where ships 'attempted to block' British tanker

Iran, US and Britain at odds over Gulf incident where ships 'attempted to block' British tanker The British Government says three Iranian vessels tried to stop a British tanker from moving through the Strait of Hormuz, but Iran's Revolutionary Guards deny there was any encounter with foreign ships. US officials said earlier on Wednesday (local time) that five boats, believed to be under the command of the Guards, had approached a British oil tanker in the Gulf and asked it to stop in Iranian waters close by. Credit Cards Are Now Offering 0% Interest Until 2020 Find out more on Finder Ad Finder.com.

The UK has vowed to increase is military presence in the Persian Gulf by sending a second warship to the tense region, Sky news reported on Friday. Tensions between Tehran and London have skyrocketed after the UK Royal Navy worked with Gibraltarian authorities to seize Iran 's Grace 1

THE Royal Navy may send more warships to protect British tankers in the Gulf after Iran issued another threat following a tense tanker gun standoff. However, Iran has denied claims it was trying to seize the tanker . Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the UK made the claims “for

UK sends second warship to Gulf after Iran threats over seized tanker© Reuters The Iranian oil tanker was suspected of carrying oil to Syria The UK is to increase its military presence in the Gulf by sending a second warship to the region.

HMS Duncan, a Type 45 Destroyer, will sail to the Gulf in the coming days after recently completing NATO exercises in the Black Sea, and is expected in the region shortly.

Duncan will operate alongside the Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose, and US allies in the Gulf, but she will not be part of an international maritime coalition proposed by Washington.

The Ministry of Defence would not comment on the deployment, but it is understood that Duncan was always due to travel to the region to give some relief to HMS Montrose.

Threat level raised for UK ships in Iranian waters

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.

On Thursday, two tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman, a month after four others were Iran protests to UK over accusations. The US has produced a video it suggests shows Iranian forces in It sent an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers to the region. In response, Iran accused the

Iran ’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) denied reports that their patrol boats tried to stop a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf , with IRGC’s London said three Iranian patrol boats attempted to stop its oil tanker , ‘British Heritage,’ as it was sailing through the Strait of Hormuz to the Persian Gulf .

However her deployment has been brought forward as a result of the deepening crisis with Iran.

In addition to HMS Montrose, the UK also has four mine hunters permanently stationed in the region, and a Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship.

It comes after a senior Iranian cleric warned Britain will soon be "slapped in the face" for "daring" to capture an oil tanker off the coast of Gibraltar.

Kazem Sedighi made the remarks after Tehran demanded the immediate release of the seized supertanker Grace 1, warning the UK: "This is a dangerous game and has consequences."

Iran threatens British shipping in retaliation for tanker seizure

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

British ships operating in the Gulf have been put on the highest state of alert amid fears that UK -flagged commercial vessels are vulnerable to attack by Iranian gunboats. The tanker is suspected of breaching European Union sanctions by carrying a shipment of Iranian crude oil to Syria.

US, UK will 'regret' seizing tanker off Gibraltar: Iran Guards. London said Thursday that armed Iranian boats tried to "impede" a UK supertanker before being warned off by a British warship in a The Times newspaper reported that Britain is now considering whether to send other naval resources

Tensions are mounting in the Gulf after a Royal Navy warship deterred Iranian patrol boats attempting to impede a British tanker sailing through the Strait of Hormuz.

Prime Minister Theresa May's official spokesman has said discussions are ongoing between UK and US about increasing their military presence in the Gulf.

"Iran's strong establishment will soon slap Britain in the face for daring to seize the Iranian oil tanker," cleric Kazem Sedighi told worshippers during his Friday prayer sermon in Tehran.

The Grace 1 tanker was seized last week after it was suspected of taking crude oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.

Calling for its release, a spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry told the state news agency IRNA: "This is a dangerous game and has consequences.

"The legal pretexts for the capture are not valid... the release of the tanker is in all countries' interest."

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It also comes after the UK seizure of an Iranian oil tanker last week, for which Tehran has threatened retaliation. The British warship , HMS Montrose, was “forced to position herself between the Iranian vessels and British Heritage and Ex-military chief urges Iran to seize UK ship in Gibraltar tit-for-tat.

US, UK will 'regret' seizing tanker off Gibraltar: Iran Guards. London said Thursday that armed Iranian boats tried to "impede" a UK supertanker before being warned off by a British warship in a The Times newspaper reported that Britain is now considering whether to send other naval resources

Gibraltar has insisted its decision to detain the Iranian tanker was taken alone and not on the orders of the UK government.

UK sends second warship to Gulf after Iran threats over seized tanker© Imagebridge HMS Duncan, pictured in Istanbul, has been sent to the Gulf The territory's chief minister said Fabian Picardo said: "All relevant decisions in respect of this matter were taken only as a direct result of the government of Gibraltar having reasonable grounds to believe the vessel was acting in breach of established EU sanctions against Syria.

"There has been no political request at any time from any government that Gibraltar should act or not act on one basis or another."

The vessel contained 2.1 million barrels of light crude oil, he added.

The UK government said on Thursday that three Iranian vessels tried to block a British-owned tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz, which controls the flow of Middle East oil to the world, but backed off when confronted by HMS Montrose.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard denied claims of a confrontation, saying if it had received orders to seize any ships it would have executed them immediately.

Iran warns Britain of 'repercussions' over ship seizure

Iran warns Britain of 'repercussions' over ship seizure Iran's president said Wednesday that Britain will face "repercussions" over the seizure of an Iranian supertanker last week that authorities in Gibraltar suspect was breaching European sanctions on oil shipments to Syria. Credit Cards Are Now Offering 0% Interest Until 2020 Find out more on Finder Ad Finder.com.au Hassan Rouhani was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as calling the seizure "mean and wrong" during a Cabinet meeting. "You are an initiator of insecurity and you will understand its repercussions," he warned the British government, calling for the "full security" of international shipping lanes.

The UK has raised the threat to British shipping in Iranian waters in the Gulf to the highest level The navy of Iran 's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps has denied claims it tried to seize the tanker Why are UK - Iran tensions escalating? Image copyright EPA. Image caption Two tankers were attacked in

The UK and the US have claimed armed Iranian military boats have approached a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf requesting the vessel to change Iran has denied the claims. The incident happened on Wednesday when the tanker British Heritage was sailing through the narrow Strait of Hormuz

Sky News understands British ships have been warned to keep alert for Iranian patrol boats "being aggressive towards them".

Some 15 to 30 British-flagged tankers and other large ships are in the Persian Gulf on a daily basis. Between one and three pass through the Strait of Hormuz every 24 hours.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he will add more warships to Britain's fleet if he wins the Tory leadership race and becomes prime minister.

He has vowed to increase defence spending from 2% of GDP to 2.5%, a cost of around £12bn more a year in 2023, and more jets for the navy's new aircraft carriers could be included.

"When you look at this week's events it shows that in recent decades we have run down the navy too much," he wrote in the Daily Telegraph.

Police in Gibraltar have arrested the captain of the Grace 1 and the chief officer of the vessel.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has previously warned the UK of "consequences" after the seizing of its oil tanker.

Meanwhile, the US is pushing allies to increase their maritime security in the region, safeguarding strategic waters off Iran and Yemen.

Relations between the US and Iran have fractured since President Donald Trump pulled the US out of a nuclear deal with Iran and re-imposed sanctions.

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