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UK NewsIran says it seized tanker after collision, UK calls move a 'hostile act'

16:50  20 july  2019
16:50  20 july  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Foreign Office 'urgently investigating' Iran claims over seized tanker

Foreign Office 'urgently investigating' Iran claims over seized tanker The Foreign Office is "urgently seeking" further information after Iran claimed to have seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. © Sky News Screen Grab The Stena Impero has been seized in the Strait of Hormuz Owners of the Stena Impero have confirmed the vessel was approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz at around 4pm UK time. © Other The Iranian Revolutionary Guard told state TV it seized the vessel File pic: Stena Bulk A statement from the ship's owner and management firm said it was "in international waters".

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents. LONDON— Iran said Friday it seized a A statement from Stena Bulk, which owns the tanker , said it was unable to contact the ship after it The British government said it was urgently seeking information about and called an emergency meeting

The company said the tanker , with 23 crew aboard, was in international waters at the time but now appeared to The president accused Iran of “provocative and hostile ” action and said the U.S. acted in China urged Washington to consider the offer, calling it “a positive signal that Iran is willing to

Iran says it seized tanker after collision, UK calls move a 'hostile act' © Reuters/HANDOUT Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, is seen at Bander Abass port

By Babak Dehghanpisheh and William Schomberg

GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it had seized a British-flagged oil tanker because it was involved in an accident, an explanation Britain rejected, calling the move a "hostile act".

The action by Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the global oil trade's most important waterway came two weeks after Britain seized an Iranian tanker accused of violating sanctions on Syria. It is certain to be viewed in the West as a military escalation after three months of confrontation which has already taken Iran and the United States to the brink of war.

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.

Iran has seized a British-registered oil tanker with 23 crew in the Strait of Hormuz. Whilst we call for measured response, it is also clear that further protection for merchant vessels must be The UK Ministry of Defense said it ’s aware of a British tanker moving off course toward Iran , but has given

Iran said earlier Friday that it had seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, which is at the Britain said it would release the vessel if Iran could prove it was not breaching European sanctions on oil Trump says it 's the latest " hostile " action by Iran . (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class

Iran says it seized tanker after collision, UK calls move a 'hostile act' © Reuters/HANDOUT Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, is seen at Bandar Abbas port

(GRAPHIC: Map of tanker's route - tmsnrt.rs/2O646ZX )

Iran's Fars news agency said elite Revolutionary Guards had taken control of the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday after it collided with an Iranian fishing boat whose distress call it ignored.

The vessel, carrying no cargo, was taken to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. It would remain there with its 23 crew -- 18 of them Indians -- while the accident was investigated, Iranian news agencies quoted the head of Ports and Maritime Organisation in southern Hormozgan province, Allahmorad Afifipour, as saying.

Iran says it seized tanker after collision, UK calls move a 'hostile act' © Reuters/HANDOUT Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, is seen at Bandar Abbas port

Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency posted a video of the ship anchored at sea, its name clearly visible.

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.

Iranian state TV shows video it says was taken by an Iranian drone on Thursday of the USS Boxer and A US warship was said to have downed a " hostile " Iranian drone on Thursday in the Strait of Separately, Iran said on Thursday its elite Revolutionary Guards seized a foreign oil tanker and its

Two weeks after UK seized iranian supertanker. Three Iranian boats also tried to seize a BP oil tanker as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday July 10. Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose - which was escorting the tanker through the flashpoint region - was forced to

The strait, between Iran and the Arabian peninsula, is the sole outlet for exports of the vast majority of Middle Eastern oil, and the seizure sent oil prices sharply higher. The United States, which tightened sanctions against Iran in May with the aim of halting its oil exports altogether, has been warning for months of an Iranian threat to shipping in the strait.

In London, British Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt called the incident a "hostile act". The Foreign Office summoned Iran's Charge d'Affaires for an urgent meeting.

France and Germany joined Britain in condemning the seizure.

Iran says it seized tanker after collision, UK calls move a 'hostile act' © Reuters/Handout . The Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk

The three big European countries are signatories to a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that Washington undermined by quitting last year, setting Iran's already fragile relations with the West on a downward spiral.

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

The company said the tanker , with 23 crew aboard, was in international waters at the time but now appeared to The president accused Iran of "provocative and hostile " action and said the U.S. acted in China urged Washington to consider the offer, calling it "a positive signal that Iran is willing to

Iran seized two oil tankers – one registered in the UK , the other in Liberia – in the strait of Hormuz on Friday The seizure of the tankers came hours after authorities in Gibraltar announced that they were extending their custody of the Iranian tanker Iran says it has seized foreign oil tanker in Gulf.

Iran says it seized tanker after collision, UK calls move a 'hostile act' © Reuters/HANDOUT Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, is seen at Bandar Abbas port

"We have learned with great concern of the seizure of a British vessel by Iranian forces," France's foreign ministry said. "We strongly condemn it and express our full solidarity with the United Kingdom."

A German foreign ministry spokesman said further escalation of regional tensions "would be very dangerous (and)... undermine all ongoing efforts to find a way out of the current crisis."

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he would talk to Britain about the seizure.

Under the pact, Iran agreed to restrict nuclear work in return for lifting sanctions. The European countries opposed the Trump administration's decision to abandon the agreement last year, but have so far failed to fulfil promises to Iran of providing alternative means for it to access world trade.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said London's reaction to Friday's tanker seizure would be "considered but robust", and it would ensure the safety of its shipping.

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.

TEHRAN: Iran 's Revolutionary Guards said they have captured British oil tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz, Iranian state television Call for more security in the Gulf. Further protection must be provided for merchant vessels after a British flagged tanker was seized by the Iranian Revolutionary

“The vessel that Iran towed to its waters after receiving a distress call was later seized with the order from the It said it had not impounded any other ship. Speaking to reporters in New York, the Iranian foreign The UK Foreign Office said it was seeking further information on the ship and insisted that

He accused Iran of a tit-for-tat response after the seizure of Iran's Grace 1 tanker in the British territory of Gibraltar at the mouth of the Mediterranean on July 4.

"Yesterday's action in Gulf shows worrying signs Iran may be choosing a dangerous path of illegal and destabilising behaviour after Gibraltar’s legal detention of oil bound for Syria," Hunt said on Twitter on Saturday.

On Friday, Hunt said the solution would be found via diplomacy and London was "not looking at military options." Britain's government said it had advised British shipping to stay out of the Hormuz area for an interim period.

"NOT LOOKING FOR WAR"

The past three months of escalation have seen the United States and Iran come as close as ever to direct military confrontation. In June, Tehran shot down a U.S. drone, and Trump ordered retaliatory air strikes, only to call them off just minutes before impact.

Since British Royal Marines abseiled from a helicopter to seize the Iranian tanker on July 4, a number of Iranian officials had threatened to retaliate. After maintaining his silence for more than a week, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the British action "piracy".

A senior politician and Revolutionary Guards commander, Major General Mohsen Rezai, said on Twitter that Iran was also not looking for war, "but we are not going to come up short in reciprocating".

In New Delhi, India's foreign ministry said it was actively seeking the release of its nationals among the crew.

Operator Stena Bulk said on Friday the tanker had been "in full compliance with all navigation and international regulations", but could not be contacted. It had no further comment early on Saturday.

The vessel had been heading to a port in Saudi Arabia and suddenly changed course after passing through the strait.

The United States has blamed Iran for a series of attacks on shipping around the Strait of Hormuz. Tehran rejects the allegations. Washington also said it had this week downed an Iranian drone near where the Stena Impero was seized.

The United States is sending military personnel and resources to Saudi Arabia for the first time since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

(Additional reporting by Parisa Hafezi in Dubai, Arno Schuetze in Frankfurt, John Irish in Paris and Stephen Addison in London; writing by William Schomberg; editing by John Stonestreet and Peter Graff)

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