Threat stage raised for UK ships in Iranian waters

Threat stage raised for UK ships in Iranian waters

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HMS Montrose changed into as soon as shadowing a British tanker as it moved into the Strait of Hormuz

The UK has raised the risk to British starting up in Iranian waters within the Gulf to the ideal stage.

The step changed into as soon as taken on Tuesday, amid rising tensions within the pickle.

On Wednesday, Iranian boats tried to abate a British oil tanker within the pickle – earlier than being driven off by a Royal Navy ship, the Ministry of Defence acknowledged.

Iran had threatened to retaliate for the seizure of one amongst its possess tankers, but denied any tried seizure.

The Division for Transport acknowledged it on a recent basis equipped security recommendation to UK ships in excessive-risk areas.

Boats believed to belong to Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) approached the British Heritage tanker and tried to raise it to a quit as it changed into as soon as transferring out of the Gulf into the Strait of Hormuz.

HMS Montrose, a British frigate shadowing the BP-owned tanker, changed into as soon as compelled to transfer between the three boats and the ship, a Ministry of Defence spokesman acknowledged.

He described the Iranians’ actions as “contrary to global law”.

Weapons on HMS Montrose had been educated on the Iranian boats as they had been ordered to lend a hand off, US media reported. The boats heeded the warning and no photos had been fired.

Final week, British Royal Marines helped the authorities in Gibraltar have shut an Iranian tanker on story of of proof it changed into as soon as carrying oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.

A spokesman for the Royal Gibraltar Police acknowledged they’d arrested the captain and chief officer of the Iranian tanker on Thursday, on suspicion of breaching EU sanctions, but neither had been charged.

The BBC has been urged British Heritage changed into as soon as advance the island of Abu Musa when it changed into as soon as approached by the Iranian boats.

Despite the indisputable truth that Abu Musa is in disputed territorial waters, HMS Montrose remained in global waters all the draw through.

Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt acknowledged the authorities changed into as soon as entertaining by the incident and urged the Iranian authorities to “de-escalate the subject”.

International Secretary Jeremy Hunt added the UK would monitor the subject “very fastidiously”.

High Minister Theresa Would possibly maybe maybe’s good spokesman acknowledged the authorities changed into as soon as “committed to sustaining freedom of navigation per global law”.

What does Iran jabber?

The navy of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps has denied claims it tried to have shut the tanker, Iranian data agencies reported. IRGC’s navy acknowledged there had been no battle of words with any foreign vessels within the past 24 hours.

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif acknowledged the UK made the claims “for environment up tension”.

“These claims keep no longer have any price,” Mr Zarif added, per the Fars data agency.

Why are UK-Iran tensions escalating?

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Two tankers had been attacked within the Strait of Hormuz in June

The relationship between the UK and Iran has develop into an increasing number of strained, after Britain acknowledged the Iranian regime changed into as soon as “nearly completely” guilty for the attacks on two oil tankers in June.

Tensions grew after the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker by authorities in Gibraltar, assisted by British Royal Marines.

On Thursday an Iranian good urged the BBC the seizure changed into as soon as “pointless and non-constructive escalation by the UK”.

The good claimed the oil changed into as soon as no longer sure for Syria and called for the tanker to be released.

The Royal Gibraltar Police acknowledged an investigation changed into as soon as ongoing and the tanker, Grace 1, persisted to be detained.

Iran has called the incident “a raze of piracy” and an good previously acknowledged a British oil tanker needs to be seized if Grace 1 changed into as soon as no longer released.

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British Royal Marines helped to detain the oil tanker, Grace 1, advance Gibraltar earlier this month

On Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani mocked the UK, calling it “terrified” and “hopeless” for using Royal Navy warships to shadow one other British tanker within the Gulf.

“You, Britain, are the initiator of insecurity and you might maybe maybe realise the penalties later,” Mr Rouhani acknowledged.

The UK has also been pressing Iran to liberate British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe who changed into as soon as jailed for five years in 2016 after being convicted for spying, which she denies.