Iran Warns The United Kingdom Of Escalating Tensions After “Hostile Act”

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Iran urged the United Kingdom on Sunday to contain the “internal political forces” that are trying to intensify tensions between the two countries following Iran’s seizure of a British flag tanker.

The United Kingdom has described as “hostile act” the capture by Iran of the ‘Stena Impero’ in the Gulf on Friday, and has rejected Tehran’s explanation that he took the ship because he had been involved in an accident.

“The UK government should contain the national political forces that want to intensify the tension between Iran and the United Kingdom far beyond the question of ships. This is quite dangerous and imprudent at a delicate moment in the region, ”Iran’s envoy to the United Kingdom, Hamid Baeidinejad, said on Twitter.

“However, Iran is strong and prepared for different scenarios,” he said.

A day earlier, British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said Tehran’s actions showed “worrying signs that Iran could be choosing a dangerous path of illegal and destabilizing behavior following the legal detention in Gibraltar of an oil destined for Syria”.

The head of the Maritime and Port Organization of Hormozgan Province told state television on Sunday that the tanker’s crew seized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is safe.

“The 23 crew members aboard the ship are safe and in good health at the port of Bandar Abbas,” said Allahmorad Afifipour.

Sanctions

Afifipour said the seized oil tanker “endangered maritime safety” in the Strait of Hormuz, through which almost a fifth of the world’s annual oil consumption passes.

“We are required by law to investigate the matter … the duration of the investigation depends on the level of cooperation of the parties involved,” said Afifipour.

The seizure has increased tension between Iran and the United Kingdom, part of the multinational nuclear agreement that Iran joined in 2015. The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on Saturday that London planned to respond to Iran with sanctions following the seizure of the tanker.

Iran Warns The United Kingdom Of Escalating Tensions After "Hostile Act"

In a letter to the UN Security Council, the United Kingdom said that the tanker was approached by Iranian forces in Omani territorial waters where he was exercising his legitimate right of way, and that the action “constitutes illegal interference.”

Stena Bulk, the Swedish firm that owns the vessel, said it is preparing a formal request to visit the crew, which comes from India, Latvia, the Philippines and Russia. India has asked Iran to release the 18 Indian crew members.

Tehran has promised for weeks to retaliate for the seizure by the Royal Marines of the oil tanker Grace 1 carrying Iranian oil near Gibraltar on July 4, which was suspected of violating the sanctions imposed on Syria.

 

Source: Lared