U.K. Fears Iran Is Taking A 'Dangerous Path' After Seizure Of Tanker
Added 07-20-19 01:06:02pm EST - “Iran took over the British-flagged vessel in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday and says it and its crew will remain in an Iranian port during a probe of an accident that Iran says led to the seizure.” - Npr.org
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Iranian officials are defending the seizure of British-flagged tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz near Iran's coast on Friday. Stena Bulk/AP hide caption
Iranian officials are defending the seizure of British-flagged tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz near Iran's coast on Friday.
The U.K. Foreign Office is summoning the Iranian charge d'affaires following Iran's seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday.
The Stena Impero was traveling to a port in Saudi Arabia, when, according to Iran's Fars News Agency, the ship collided with an Iranian fishing boat. Iran's Revolutionary Guards took control of the tanker, and Iran says the vessel and its crew will remain in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas during an investigation of the accident.
The ship had 23 crew members. Stena Bulk, the owner of the seized tanker, says the crew members are of Indian, Filipino, Russian and Latvian nationalities.
1/2 Yesterday's action in Gulf shows worrying signs Iran may be choosing a dangerous path of illegal and destabilising behaviour after Gibraltar’s LEGAL detention of oil bound for Syria.— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 20, 2019
Just spoke 2 Iranian FM Zarif &expressed extreme disappointment that having assured me last Sat Iran wanted 2 deescalate situation they have behaved in the opposite way.This has 2 be about actions not words if we are to find a way through.British shipping must & will be protected— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 20, 2019
Unlike the piracy in the Strait of Gibraltar, our action in the Persian Gulf is to uphold int'l maritime rules.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) July 20, 2019
As I said in NY, it is IRAN that guarantees the security of the Persian Gulf & the Strait of Hormuz.
UK must cease being an accessory to #EconomicTerrorism of the US.
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