Iranian boats ‘tried to intercept British tanker

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Armed Iranian boats are reported to have attempted to intercept a British oil tanker within the Strait of Hormuz – prior to being pushed off by means of a Royal Navy send.

Media reviews quoting US officers mentioned the tanker was once requested to forestall in Iranian waters shut by means of, however the boats withdrew after a caution from the United Kingdom’s frigate.

Iran has been threatening to retaliate for the seizure of one in all its tankers close to Gibraltar closing week.

The Pentagon mentioned it was once acutely aware of the reviews however the MoD has no longer commented.

According to the reviews, 5 boats believed to belong to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps approached the British Heritage tanker because it was once shifting out of the Gulf.

Last week, British Royal Marines helped the government in Gibraltar take hold of an Iranian oil tanker on account of proof it was once heading to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.

In reaction, an Iranian legitimate mentioned a British oil tanker will have to be seized if its detained send was once no longer launched.

Iran additionally summoned the British ambassador in Tehran to whinge about what it mentioned was once a “form of piracy”.

And on Wednesday Iranian President Hassan Rouhani mocked the United Kingdom, calling it “scared” and “hopeless” for the use of Royal Navy warships to shadow a British tanker within the Gulf.

HMS Monrose had shadowed British tanker the Pacific Voyager for one of the most means in the course of the Strait of Hormuz, however that adventure handed with out incident.

This newest row comes at a time of escalating tensions between the United States and Iran.

The Trump management – which has pulled out of a global settlement on Tehran’s nuclear programme – has bolstered punishing sanctions in opposition to Iran.

Its European allies, together with the United Kingdom, have no longer adopted swimsuit.

Nonetheless, the connection between the United Kingdom and Iran has additionally turn out to be an increasing number of strained, after Britain mentioned the Iranian regime was once “almost certainly” accountable for the assaults on two oil tankers in June.

The UK has additionally been urgent Iran to liberate British-Iranian mom Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe who was once jailed for 5 years in 2016 after being convicted for spying, which she denies.