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WorldIran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf

23:00  19 july  2019
23:00  19 july  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

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BEIRUT, Lebanon — Iran seized a foreign oil tanker in the Persian Gulf , state television reported on Sunday, the The latest foreign vessel Iran said it had seized received fuel from other ships and had been transporting it Iran appeared to link the British seizure of its tanker and the ailing nuclear deal.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard-affiliated news agency said the tanker was seized for breaking three regulations: shutting down its GPS; going In response to the seizure , Iran threatened to seize a British oil tanker . On 9 July, the UK raised the threat to British shipping in Iranian waters in the Gulf

Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf
Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf

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.

The possible seizure of the ship, the Stena Impero, in the Strait of Hormuz, was the latest in three months of escalating tensions between Iran and the West. It came a day after the United States claimed it had downed an Iranian drone in the area, which the Iranians denied.

Britain and Iran have been embroiled in a dispute for the past few weeks over Britain’s seizure of an Iranian tanker near Gibraltar. Iran had vowed to retaliate.

Iran’s Fars News Agency said the Stena Impero had been impounded because it was “violating maritime rules and regulations.”

The ship’s owners issued a statement that the Stena Impero had been “approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter during transit of the Strait of Hormuz while the vessel was in international waters.”

“We are presently unable to contact the vessel which is now heading north toward Iran,” the owners, Stena Bulk, and the ship’s managers, Northern Marine, said in the statement.

The British Defense Ministry said it was urgently looking into what happened to the Stena Impero, a 30,000-ton British-flagged ship, which was heading for Saudi Arabia when it abruptly left the international sea lanes through the Strait of Hormuz.

Earlier Friday, Iranian officials denied that the American military had downed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz, a day after President Trump and Pentagon officials first made that claim.

A spokesman for the Iranian Armed Forces, in rejecting Mr. Trump’s assertion, also said that the “unfounded claim” had been intended to increase tensions in the Persian Gulf, according to Tasnim, an official Iranian news agency.

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