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10:50  20 july  2019
10:50  20 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

Iran seizes British oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz

Iran seizes British oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Friday they had captured a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf after Britain seized an Iranian vessel earlier this month, further raising tensions along a vital international oil shipping route. Britain said it was urgently seeking information about the Stena Impero after the tanker, which had been heading to a port in Saudi Arabia, suddenly changed course after passing through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Gulf. The Revolutionary Guards said they seized the tanker at the request of Iranian maritime authorities for "not following international maritime regulations", state television reported.

LONDON — Iran said Friday that it had seized a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, and the tanker ’s owner said it had lost contact with the vessel as it appeared to be heading toward Iran . The British government said it was urgently seeking information about the incident.

Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt says actions of Iranian forces in strait of Hormuz are ‘unacceptable’.

Iran says British tanker seized because of collision © Provided by The Associated Press In this undated photo issued Friday July 19, 2019, by Stena Bulk, showing the British oil tanker Stena Impero at unknown location, which is believed to have been captured by Iran. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard announced on their website Friday July 19, 2019, it has seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, the latest provocation in a strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint in the tensions between Tehran and the West. (Stena Bulk via AP)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker was allegedly due to a collision with an Iranian fishing boat, the country's state-run IRNA news agency said Saturday.

The Latest: India, Philippines seeking sailors' release

The Latest: India, Philippines seeking sailors' release TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 2:15 p.m. The Indian and Philippine governments say they're working to get Iran to release nationals from the two countries who were on board a British-flagged oil tanker seized by Iran in the Persian Gulf. India's foreign ministry spokesman, Raveesh Kumar, said Saturday its diplomats were "in touch with the Government of Iran to secure the early release and repatriation" of the 18 Indian crew members on the Stena Impero.

US officials say that Iran has seized a British tanker in the Persian Gulf. CNN's Barbara Starr reports. #CNN #News.

The tanker “Stena Impero” was taken to an Iranian port because it was not complying with “international maritime laws and regulations,” Iran ’s Revolutionary Guard declared. A statement from Stena Bulk, which owns the tanker , said it was unable to contact the ship after it was approached by

The British tanker reportedly caused damage to the fishing boat, then didn't respond to calls from the smaller craft. The fishing boat informed Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization, which notified the Revolutionary Guard. IRNA reported that the Revolutionary Guard vessels directed the Stena Impero to an Iranian port for an investigation Friday.

Iran says British tanker seized because of collision © Provided by The Associated Press In this May 5, 2019 photo issued by Karatzas Images, showing the British oil tanker Stena Impero at unknown location, which is believed to have been captured by Iran. Iran's Revolutionary Guard announced on their website Friday July 19, 2019, it has seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, the latest provocation in a strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint in the tensions between Tehran and the West. (Basil M. Karatzas, Karatzas Images via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Iran's attempt to offer a "technical" explanation for seizing the tanker could signal a possible de-escalation of tensions in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, which has become a flashpoint between Tehran and the West.

Britain blasts Iran seizure of tanker as act of 'state piracy'

Britain blasts Iran seizure of tanker as act of 'state piracy' Britain will seek to put together a European-led maritime protection mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a British-flagged vessel in what London said was an act of "state piracy". Iran's Revolutionary Guards seized the Stena Impero in the Strait on Friday. British Royal Marines seized an Iranian tanker off the coast of Gibraltar two weeks ago. "Under international law Iran had no right to obstruct the ship's passage - let alone board her. It was therefore an act of state piracy," Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told parliament.

Iran claims to have seized the British oil tanker Stena Impero. Stena Bulk via Associated Press. The website of Iran 's Revolutionary Guard, sepahnews.com, said the tanker "Impero Stena" was seized Friday for "non-compliance with international maritime laws and regulations" and was taken to

Watch CBSN Live. Iran says it seized British oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz. The company that owns the tanker , Stena Bulk and Northern Marine Management, said the vessel was approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter on Wednesday.

Another British ship was briefly detained by Iran on Friday before being allowed to go.

The seizing of the British tanker marked perhaps the most significant escalation since tensions between Iran and the West began rising in May. At that time, the U.S. announced it was dispatching an aircraft carrier and additional troops to the Middle East, citing unspecified threats posed by Iran.

The ongoing showdown has caused jitters around the globe, with each maneuver bringing fear that any misunderstanding or misstep by either side could lead to war.

Details of what took place Friday remained sketchy after Iran reported that it had seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. The strait at the mouth of the Persian Gulf is a shipping channel for one-fifth of all global crude exports.

The Revolutionary Guard said Friday that the Stena Impero had been taken into port because it was not complying with "international maritime laws and regulations."

Jeremy Hunt calls for Europe-led protection for ships in the Gulf after Iran seized British oil tanker

Jeremy Hunt calls for Europe-led protection for ships in the Gulf after Iran seized British oil tanker Jeremy Hunt calls for Europe-led protection for ships in the Gulf after Iran seized British oil tanker

Two weeks ago, British forces seized an Iranian tanker near Gibraltar, charging that it was violating European Union sanctions against Syria. The United States Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain, has intensified patrols in the Persian Gulf area because of the tensions with Iran , including the

Iranian state television said it was seized because the tankers 'failed to observe international maritime regulations'. Sky's foreign affairs editor Deborah Haynes described the situation as British officials' worst nightmare for an outgoing Theresa May. SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel for more videos

A statement from Stena Bulk, which owns the seized tanker, said it was unable to make contact with the ship after it was approached by unidentified vessels and a helicopter in international waters. A spokesman for the company's owners said the tanker was in "full compliance with all navigation and international regulations."

The company said the tanker had 23 crew members of Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino nationalities and there were no reports of any of them were injured.

The U.K. has featured prominently in the recent tensions with Iran. Britain's Royal Marines assisted in the seizure of an Iranian oil supertanker on July 4 by Gibraltar, a British overseas territory off the southern coast of Spain.

Britain said it would release the vessel if Iran could prove it was not breaching European Union sanctions on oil shipments to Syria.

Gibraltar's government said Friday that its Supreme Court had extended by 30 days the detention of the Panama-flagged Grace, which was loaded with over 2 million barrels of Iranian crude oil.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt initially said two ships were seized Friday in the Strait of Hormuz, the second sailing under a Liberian flag.

The Latest: Iran says US did not intercept drones

The Latest: Iran says US did not intercept drones DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Iran has again denied that any of its drones were intercepted after the U.S. military said it took aim at two of them last week. U.S. Central Command said Tuesday that one Iranian drone crashed into the sea after the USS Boxer took what Central Command called "defensive action" against it last Thursday. It said the Boxer also "engaged" a second Iranian drone at the same time, but could not confirm it was destroyed. Iran's defense minister, Gen.

The tanker Stena Impero was taken to an Iranian port because it was not complying with “international maritime laws and regulations,” Iran ’s Revolutionary Guard declared. A statement from Stena Bulk, which owns the tanker , said it was unable to contact the ship after it was approached by unidentified

The tanker "Stena Impero" was taken to an Iranian port because it was not complying with "international maritime laws and regulations," Iran 's Revolutionary Guard declared. A statement from Stena Bulk, which owns the tanker , said it was unable to contact the ship after it was approached by

The owner of the Liberian-flagged tanker later said the ship was briefly boarded by armed guards before being allowed to go. Iran's semi-official Fars news agency tweeted that the Mesdar had left Iran's territorial waters.

Hunt called the seizures "unacceptable" and stressed the importance of freedom of navigation, as he prepared to enter an emergency government meeting Friday night.

"We're not looking at military options, we're looking at a diplomatic way to resolve the situation, but we are very clear that it must be resolved," Hunt later told Sky News, warning that if the situation is not resolved quickly "there will be serious consequences."

President Donald Trump said U.S. officials would talk with Britain about the unfolding crisis.

"This only goes to show what I'm saying about Iran: Trouble, nothing but trouble," he said.

Central Command said the U.S. has intensified air patrols over the Strait of Hormuz in response to the seizure.

The incident came two days after Washington claimed that a U.S. warship downed an Iranian drone in the strait. Iran denied that it lost an aircraft in the area.

On June 20, Iran shot down an American drone in the same waterway, and Trump came close to retaliating but called off an airstrike at the last moment.

Tensions in the region have been escalating since Trump withdrew the U.S. last year from Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and imposed sweeping economic sanctions on Iran, including its oil exports. The sanctions have hit the Iranian economy hard.

British vessel transits strait where Iran seized tanker

British vessel transits strait where Iran seized tanker The BW Elm was closely shadowed by HMS Montrose, according to Lloyd’s List.

Iran 's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seized two ships in the Strait of Hormuz, Iranian , British , and U.S. officials said Friday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak on the record about the event. National security adviser John Bolton said , “there

The tanker “Stena Impero” was taken to an Iranian port because it was not complying with “international maritime laws and regulations,” Iran ’s Revolutionary Guard declared. A statement from Stena Bulk, which owns the tanker , said it was unable to contact the ship after it was approached by

Iran's government has desperately tried to get out of the chokehold, pressuring the other partners in the nuclear deal, particularly European nations, to pressure the U.S. to lift the crippling sanctions.

The Europeans — Germany, France, Britain, and the European Union — want to maintain the deal, but have not been able to address Iranian demands without violating the sanctions. Iran has begun breaching some of the restrictions on its activities outlined in the agreement to put pressure on them to find a solution.

The U.S. has asked Mideast allies like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in past weeks to contribute financially and militarily to a Trump administration proposal called the Sentinel Program — a coalition of nations working with the U.S. to preserve maritime security in the Persian Gulf and keep eyes on Iran.

Late Friday, officials said the U.S. is sending several hundred troops as well as aircraft and air defense missiles to Saudi Arabia to counter Iran. The move has been in the works for many weeks and is not a response to Friday's seizure by Iran of a British tanker.

The arrangement was announced by the Saudi government, which said it was meant to "enhance security" in the region.

Before the British ship was seized, Iran and the United States disagreed over Washington's claim that a U.S. warship downed the Iranian drone. American officials said they used electronic jamming to bring down the unmanned aircraft, while Iran said it simply didn't happen.

Neither side provided evidence to prove its claim.

Crew of seized British-flagged tanker allowed to talk to families

Crew of seized British-flagged tanker allowed to talk to families The owner of the British-flagged tanker seized by Iran has said the crew members are safe and well, and have been allowed to talk to their families. The Stena Impero tanker was seized last Friday by Iranian forces as it was passing through Omani waters in the Strait of Hormuz. In a statement, the CEO of Stena Bulk, Erik Hanell, said: "Contact continues between the crew of the Stena Impero and the company, and all those on board are reported to be safe and well under the circumstances.

Iran has seized a British -registered oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. The Stena Impero was passing through the bottle neck into the Persian Gulf when it 'These seizures are unacceptable': Hunt blasts Iran as he confirms TWO British tankers have been raided in the Gulf prompting COBR emergency

The tanker was carrying Iranian oil bound for Syria. This was a good thing. Both activities were illegal and to a certain extent Tehran was daring Britain Just a short while ago, this weakness was brought to the fore as the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the IRGC, seized a British flagged tanker , the

At the White House, Trump said flatly of the Iranian drone: "We shot it down." But Pentagon and other officials have said repeatedly that the USS Boxer, a Navy ship in the Strait of Hormuz, actually jammed the drone's signal, causing it to crash, and did not fire a missile. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive technology.

In Tehran, the Iranian military said all its drones returned safely to their bases.

Maritime security in the Strait of Hormuz has deteriorated in recent weeks after six attacks on oil tankers that the U.S. has blamed on Iran — an allegation the Islamic Republic denies.

There was also a brief, but tense standoff between the British navy and Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels recently. The British navy said it warned three Guard vessels away after they tried to impede the passage of a commercial British tanker that the navy was escorting.

The incidents have jolted the shipping industry, with some of the 2,000 companies operating ships in the region on high alert and many ordering their vessels to transit the Strait of Hormuz only during the daylight hours and at high speed.

Of the roughly 2,000 companies that operate ships in the Persian Gulf, only a handful of companies have halted bookings outright.

U.K.-flagged vessels represented less than 0.6% of the 67,533 ships sailing through the Strait of Hormuz in 2018, with 427 transits, according to maritime publication Lloyd's List, quoting research from Russel Group.

Crude oil prices climbed following Iran's announcement about the Stena Impero as traders worried the escalating tensions could affect crude supplies.

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Jill Lawless in London, Aya Batrawy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and David Rising in Berlin contributed.

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The country has acted as a facilitator in talks with Tehran in the past.

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