Britain says Iranian vessels tried to block ship in Gulf
Added 07-11-19 05:22:01am EST - “The British navy said it prevented three Iranian paramilitary vessels from impeding the passage of a British commercial ship in the Strait of Hormuz early Thursday, a day after Iran's president warned of repercussions for the seizure…” - Washingtontimes.com
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The British navy said it prevented three Iranian paramilitary vessels from impeding the passage of a British commercial ship in the Strait of Hormuz early Thursday, a day after Iran’s president warned of repercussions for the seizure of its own supertanker.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard denied the allegations, saying if it had received orders to seize any ships it would have done so immediately.
The incident came at a time of heightened tensions over Iran’s unraveling nuclear agreement with world powers. Iran recently began breaching uranium enrichment limits in response to the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the agreement last year and its imposition of sweeping sanctions.
In recent months, the U.S. has dispatched thousands of additional troops, an aircraft carrier, bombers and advanced fighter jets to the region. Washington has blamed Iran for a series of mysterious attacks on oil tankers - charges denied by Tehran - and said it shot down an American drone in international airspace. Iran said it downed the drone after it veered into its own airspace.
The U.K. government said in a statement that British navy vessel HMS Montrose had been accompanying the commercial ship, British Heritage, through the narrow Strait of Hormuz. Maritime security risk firm Dryad Global described the British Heritage as an oil tanker owned by BP and registered in the Isle of Man.
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