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Iran calls on Britain to release seized oil tanker immediately

Iran calls on Britain to release seized oil tanker immediately

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran called on Britain on Friday to immediately release an oil tanker that British Royal Marines seized last week on suspicion it was breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a foreign ministry spokesman told state news agency IRNA. “This is a dangerous game and has consequences ... the legal pretexts for the capture are

Iran calls on Britain to immediately release its seized supertanker: IRNA

Iran calls on Britain to immediately release its seized supertanker: IRNA

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran called on Britain on Friday to immediately release its oil tanker which British Royal Marines seized last week on suspicion that it was breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a foreign ministry spokesman told state news agency IRNA. “This is a dangerous game and has consequences ... the legal pretexts for the capture

Pentagon says US plans naval escorts for Gulf tankers

Pentagon says US plans naval escorts for Gulf tankers

The Pentagon said on Thursday it was discussing military escorts for vessels in the Gulf a day after Iranian vessels tried to block a UK oil tanker near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The White House's nominee to become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, said Washington was attempting to put together a coalition "in terms

Alleged IRGC Attack on UK Tanker Makes Little Sense for Tehran

Alleged IRGC Attack on UK Tanker Makes Little Sense for Tehran

The British-owned oil tanker British Heritage received a Royal Navy escort by the frigate HMS Montrose earlier this week, following a new push by the United States to form an international coalition to patrol waters near Iran amid heightened tensions in the region, a string of explosions on cargo vessels and a downed US spy drone. Wednesday evening,

Britain says it fended off Iranian attempt to block oil tanker

Britain says it fended off Iranian attempt to block oil tanker

LONDON (Reuters) - Three Iranian vessels tried to block a British-owned tanker passing through the strait that controls the flow of Middle East oil to the world, but backed off when confronted by a Royal Navy warship, Britain said on Thursday. A week after Britain seized an Iranian tanker accused of violating sanctions on Syria, London said the British

UK ships in Gulf on high alert after Royal Navy trains guns on Iranian vessels

UK ships in Gulf on high alert after Royal Navy trains guns on Iranian vessels

British ships operating in the Gulf have been put on the highest state of alert amid fears that UK-flagged commercial vessels are vulnerable to attack by Iranian gunboats. The change in guidance from the British government, changing the alert to level 3, was made on Tuesday, a day before a Royal Navy warship trained its guns on Iranian gunboats that

Gibraltar arrests captain, chief officer of seized Iranian tanker

Gibraltar arrests captain, chief officer of seized Iranian tanker

Police in Gibraltar said officers have arrested the captain and chief officer of the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1, which was seized off the British-controlled territory last week for suspected breach of EU sanctions against Syria. The arrests follow "a protracted search of the vessel, where documents and electronic devices have been seized and examined"

Captain, chief officer of seized Iranian tanker arrested in Gibraltar

Captain, chief officer of seized Iranian tanker arrested in Gibraltar

Gibraltar police say they've arrested the captain and chief officer of the Iranian supertanker that was seized by British marines last week. It was stopped in waters just off the UK overseas territory on suspicion of breaking EU sanctions by taking oil to Syria. Documents and electronic devices have also been removed from the ship. Al Jazeera's Rory