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UK NewsThe Latest: Iran airs video of crew of seized British ship

16:00  22 july  2019
16:00  22 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

Iranian authorities ‘seize British tanker in Persian Gulf’

Iranian authorities ‘seize British tanker in Persian Gulf’ Stena Bulk said the UK-registered tanker was in international waters at the time but now appeared to be heading north towards Iran. Stena Bulk said: “There are 23 seafarers aboard.  There have been no reported injuries and their safety is of primary concern to both owners and managers. “The priority of both vessel owner Stena Bulk and ship manager Northern Marine Management is the safety and welfare of the crew. “We are in close contact with UK government authorities.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran 's seizure of a British oil tanker was a response to Britain's role in impounding an Iranian supertanker first, senior officials said Saturday, as newly released video of the incident The vessel was seized with a crew of 23 crew aboard, although none are British nationals.

Iran on Sunday urged Britain to contain "domestic political forces" intent on escalating tensions between the two countries following Iran 's seizure of a British -flagged oil Subscribe on Telegram to get latest news from Middle East. The crew of the tanker seized by Iran 's Revolutionary Guards are all safe

The Latest: Iran airs video of crew of seized British ship © Provided by The Associated Press A speedboat and a helicopter of the Iran's Revolutionary Guard move around a British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero which was seized on Friday by the Guard, in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, Sunday, July 21, 2019. Iranian officials say the seizure of the British oil tanker was a justified response to Britain's role in impounding an Iranian supertanker two weeks earlier off the coast of Gibraltar, a British territory located on the southern tip of Spain. (Hasan Shirvani/Mizan News Agency via AP)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local):

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.

Hunt 'extremely concerned' as Iran seizes two British -linked oil tankers. The Stena Impero and its crew of more than 20 are now in the hands of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards – and the UK has been shown to be unable to protect British shipping going through the waterways of the strait of Hormuz.

A grab taken from a video provided by Iran ’s Revolutionary Guard official website Sepah News on Saturday “We need to see due process happening in Iran as well, we need to see the illegal seizing of a British Communication with the ship was later re-established and the crew were unharmed.

4:25 p.m.

Iran's state broadcaster has released new video showing for the first time the 23-member crew of the British-flagged ship seized by Iran — an apparent attempt to convey they are safe and unharmed.

The Latest: Iran airs video of crew of seized British ship © Provided by The Associated Press German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, speaks to the media after a meeting on divisive migrant issue in Paris, France, July 22, 2109. European ministers are meeting in Paris in a new step to find an accord on the divisive issue of how to deal with migrants crossing the Mediterranean but, shut out by Italy and unwanted elsewhere, caught in political standoffs. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

In the video aired Monday, the Stena Impero crew is seen dressed in red uniforms and seated around a table onboard the vessel as an unidentified Iranian man is heard thanking them for their cooperation. A cameraman is heard telling them not to look at the camera.

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.

TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) — Iran said Sunday the fate of a British -flagged tanker it is refusing to hand back after seizing it in the Gulf depends on the cooperation of its crew with In an audio recording released Sunday, a British naval officer can be heard saying the transit of the ship must not be impaired under

Stena Impero seized in Strait of Hormu z on Friday night. A second tanker, Mesdar, was stopped before being released. Jeremy Hunt says seizures "unacceptable", holding a COBR meeting. Government warns UK shipping to avoid area.

It wasn't clear if the crew was under duress to take part in the filming.

Other choreographed shots show a man checking on the ship, the crew sharing a laugh and talking next to a coffee machine inside the ship. The crew's chefs are seen preparing food. Another video, also released by Iran's state broadcaster, shows Iran's flag hoisted on the ship's bridge.

The Latest: Iran airs video of crew of seized British ship © Provided by The Associated Press Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt leaves 10 Downing Street, following a meeting held over British oil tanker Stena Impero which was captured by Iran, Saturday July 20, 2019. Hunt has said Britain's response to Iran's seizure of a British-flagged ship in the Strait of Hormuz "will be considered but robust."(Aaron Chown/PA via AP)

The ship was seized Friday in the Strait of Hormuz. None of the crew are British nationals but are mostly Indian and also Filipino, Russian and Latvian nationals.

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

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran ’s seizure of a British oil tanker was a response to Britain’s role in impounding an Iranian supertanker first, senior officials said Saturday, as newly released video of the incident showed The vessel was seized with a crew of 23 crew aboard, although none are British nationals.

Iran 's seizure of the British ships was a deliberate act of provocation because the ships were in Iran originally claimed it seized the Stena Impero, with a crew of 23 crew aboard, because she was But late last night Iranian state TV released video that appeared to show the military drone hovering

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3:45 p.m.

China says it will "actively consider" sending a delegation to Vienna to discuss the Iran nuclear issue next week.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Monday that China is "maintaining close communications with other parties" about the planned meeting.

He added that "China has repeatedly stressed that ensuring the full implementation" of the Iran nuclear deal is "the only viable and effective way" to resolve the issue and ease tensions.

Since the U.S. unilaterally pulled out of the deal last year, the other parties to the agreement — China, Germany, France, Britain, Russia and the European Union — have been trying to preserve it.

The U.S. has imposed sanctions on Chinese and other entities for allegedly helping Iran buy materials for its nuclear program.

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3:30 p.m.

Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says the country will not follow President Donald Trump's approach to Iran, instead prioritizing de-escalation through diplomacy.

Maas said in Paris on Monday that Germany does not want to join in the U.S.'s maximum-pressure strategy.

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.

British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt on Saturday said Tehran's actions showed "worrying signs Iran Iran said the seized tanker "risked maritime safety" in the Strait of Hormuz, through which almost a fifth of India has called on Iran to release the ship 's 18 Indian crew members. Tehran for weeks has

DUBAI (Reuters) - The crew of the British -flagged Stena Impero tanker seized by Iran 's Revolutionary Guards are all safe, the head of the Ports and Maritime Organisation of Iran in Hormozgan Province Britain has denounced Iran 's seizure of the oil tanker in the Gulf on Friday as a "hostile act", rejecting

Following discussions with British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Sunday and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday, the German diplomat said that alongside handling the dangers in the Strait of Hormuz, Europe will continue to play the "diplomatic card".

He said that "what we need is de-escalation, and my British and French colleagues have the same opinion."

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11:30 a.m.

Iran says it has arrested 17 Iranian nationals allegedly recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency to spy on the country's nuclear and military sites, and some of them have already been sentenced to death.

An Iranian intelligence official told a press conference on Monday in Tehran that the arrests occurred over the past months. He did not say how many got the death sentence.

The announcement comes as Iran's nuclear deal with world powers is unraveling and tensions spike in the Persian Gulf region.

The official did not give his name but was identified as the director of the counterespionage department of Iran's Intelligence Ministry. Such a procedure is highly unusual in Iran; officials usually identify themselves at press conferences.

The official said some of those arrested worked in nuclear and military sites. He claimed none had succeeded in their sabotage missions.

—Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran;

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9:55 a.m.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will chair an emergency security session to discuss how to respond to Iran's seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.

The meeting of security ministers and officials on Monday will discuss how to secure shipping in the sensitive region, which is vital to the world's oil supply.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is also expected to brief Parliament on the Friday seizure of the Stena Impero tanker, now in a heavily guarded Iranian port.

Britain is considering a number of options to raise the pressure on Iran but officials say military operations are not being considered at the moment.

Britain is also seeking diplomatic and operational support from key European allies in an effort to keep the Strait of Hormuz open to shipping.

Omani minister in Iran amid Strait of Hormuz tanker crisis.
The country has acted as a facilitator in talks with Tehran in the past.

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