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US NewsIran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker

21:40  20 july  2019
21:40  20 july  2019 Source:   iol.co.za

UK ships in Strait of Hormuz put on 'heightened security'

UK ships in Strait of Hormuz put on 'heightened security' The Department for Transport has issued new guidance to all British-flagged ships to go to a heightened state of security in the Strait of Hormuz, Sky News understands. © Other HMS Montrose deployed its helicopter when it was confronted The guidance was issued in recent days in response to concern about an increased threat from Iran in the Gulf, two maritime industry sources said. British-flagged ships have been advised to keep alert for Iranian patrol boats "being aggressive towards them", one of the sources said.

A British - flagged oil tanker has been seized in the Gulf by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Iran media say. The owners of the Stena Impero, which was bound

The tanker was captured with 23 people on board. This follows a recent incident in which British Marines captured the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 Strangely, for parts of Friday afternoon, a second British tanker , the Liberian- flagged Mesdar, was also claimed to have been “ captured ” by Iran .

Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker © Provided by Independent Media A helicopter hovers over British-flagged tanker Stena Impero near the Strait of Hormuz. Picture: WANA/Reuters TV/African News Agency (ANA)

Geneva/London - Britain denounced the Iranian seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf as a "hostile act" on Saturday, rejecting Tehran's explanation that it had seized the vessel because it had been involved in an accident.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards posted a video online showing speedboats pulling up alongside the Stena Impero tanker, its name clearly visible.

Troops wearing ski masks and carrying machine guns rappelled to its deck from a helicopter, the same tactics used by British Royal Marines to seize an Iranian tanker off the coast of Gibraltar two weeks ago.

'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker

'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker Iran has demanded the immediate release of an oil tanker seized by Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar, warning Britain: "This is a dangerous game and has consequences." It comes as tensions mount in the Gulf after a Royal Navy warship deterred Iranian patrol boats attempting to impede a British tanker sailing through the Strait of Hormuz. The Iranian supertanker - the Grace 1 - was seized last week after it was suspected of taking crude oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.

The tanker captured is the Panama- flagged MT Riah, which was in Iranian territorial waters near Qeshm Island. IRAN has released video showing its Revolutionary Guard in speedboats seizing a foreign oil tanker with 12 crew accused of smuggling oil , according to the country's state-run TV.

The Iran Revolutionary Guard claimed Friday to have seized a British tanker in the Iranian State TV reported Friday that the IRGC took the British tanker and turned it over to maritime authorities The U.S. later released video of what it said depicted Iranian boats removing an unexploded mine

Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker © 2019 Contributor#072019 Oil Tanker seized Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Friday's action in the global oil trade's most important waterway has been viewed in the West as a major escalation after three months of confrontation that has already taken Iran and the United States to the brink of war.

It follows weeks of threats from Tehran to retaliate for Britain's seizure of the Iranian tanker Grace 1, accused of violating sanctions on Syria.

British Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt called the incident a "hostile act". Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he had expressed "extreme disappointment" by phone to his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif. Britain also summoned the Iranian charge d'affaires in London.

UK says Iran tanker will be freed after guarantees on destination

UK says Iran tanker will be freed after guarantees on destination British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt sought to ease tensions with Iran on Saturday, saying a tanker held by Gibraltar would be released if Tehran guaranteed it was not heading to Syria. He said he had a "constructive call" with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, who he said assured him that Tehran "is not seeking to escalate" tensions between the countries. "I reassured him our concern was destination not origin of the oil on Grace One," a tanker seized off the coast of the tiny British territory of Gibraltar on July 4, Hunt tweeted.

Iran 's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said its forces have captured a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz for allegedly violating international laws Tanker tracking service Marine Traffic showed that the UK- flagged , Swedish-owned Stena Impero last signalled its location near the Island of Larak

Iran has seized a British tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. A second oil tanker has turned sharply north towards the Iran coast, according to Refinitiv tracking data. Names Mesdar, the ship is British -operated and Liberian- flagged .

A spokesman for Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Brigadier-General Ramezan Sharif, said Tehran had seized the ship in the Strait of Hormuz despite the "resistance and interference" of a British warship which had been escorting it. No British warship was visible in the video posted by the Guards.

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

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Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker
Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker

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.

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 releases video showing seized oil tanker matches disappeared UAE vessel. NEW: A #UK- flagged oil tanker , the "Stena Impero," has 'gone dark' after diverting towards # Iran waters amid a "hostile Refinitiv data showed the Stena Impero is a British - flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk.

Zarif told Britain's Hunt that the ship must go through a legal process before it could be released, Iran's ISNA news agency reported.

Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker © 2019 Getty Images Jeremy Hunt

The strait, between Iran and the Arabian peninsula, is the sole outlet for exports of most 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.

Another oil tanker, the Mesdar, was also boarded by Iranian personnel on Friday and temporarily forced to divert towards Iran, but later was allowed to continue on its route through the strait. On Saturday Algeria's APS news agency said the Mesdar was owned by Algeria's state oil company Sonatrach.

France, Germany and the European Union joined Britain in condemning the seizure.

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.

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.

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"Just spoke to ... Zarif and expressed extreme disappointment that having assured me last Saturday Iran wanted to de-escalate situation, they have behaved in the opposite way," tweeted British Foreign Secretary Hunt. "This has to be about actions not words if we are to find a way through."

Earlier he said London's reaction would be "considered but robust", and it would ensure the safety of its shipping.

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.

Iran releases video of capture of British-flagged oil tanker © 2019 Contributor#072019 Oil Tanker seized Iran's Revolutionary Guards

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

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". On Saturday it said it was preparing a request to visit the crew.

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.

Reuters

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.

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