Threat level for UK ships in Iranian waters raised to ‘critical'
Added 07-12-19 12:18:02am EST - “The threat level for UK ships in Iranian waters was raised to its highest level this week ?" with officials claiming that the risk of an attack is "critical." The move was announce?” - Nypost.com
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The threat level for UK ships in Iranian waters was raised to its highest level this week — with officials claiming that the risk of an attack is “critical.”
It came just one day before a reported incident in the Strait of Hormuz, which saw a group of boats belonging to Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) allegedly attempt to stop a UK oil tanker before being scared away by a Royal Navy ship.
“The crew of HMS Montrose yesterday ensured the safe passage of the merchant vessel British Heritage through the Strait of Hormuz,” said Defense Secretary Penny Mordaunt in a statement Thursday. “I would like to thank the Royal Navy for their professionalism, which upheld international law and supported freedom of navigation through a shipping channel that is vital to global trade.”
Mordaunt called out Iran for the incident, saying: “The UK government is concerned by this action and we urge Iranian authorities to de-escalate the situation.”
The raise in threat level ultimately means that British tankers are now advised to stay out of Iranian Waters, according to the BBC.
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