Britain’s claim that Iran tried to cease certainly one of their oil tankers within the Gulf on Wednesday is nugatory, Iran’s Overseas Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif mentioned on Thursday, in line with the semi-official Fars news agency.
5 boats believed to belong to Iranian Revolutionary Guards approached a British oil tanker within the Gulf on Wednesday and requested it to cease in Iranian waters shut by, however withdrew after a British warship warned them, US officers mentioned.
The Guards issued a press release on Thursday denying the claim.
“Apparently the British tanker has handed. What they’ve mentioned themselves and the claims which have been made are for creating pressure and these claims don’t have any worth,” Zarif mentioned, in line with Fars.
Three Iranian ships tried to “impede the passage” of a British oil tanker in Gulf waters, forcing a UK frigate to intervene, the British authorities mentioned.
“Opposite to worldwide regulation, three Iranian vessels tried to impede the passage of a business vessel, British Heritage, via the Strait of Hormuz,” a UK authorities assertion mentioned of the incident, which occurred on Wednesday.
“HMS Montrose was pressured to place herself between the Iranian vessels and British Heritage and challenge verbal warnings to the Iranian vessels, which then turned away,” the assertion mentioned.
“We’re involved by this motion and proceed to induce the Iranian authorities to de-escalate the scenario within the area.”
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday warned Britain of unspecified “penalties” over the detention of one of many nation’s oil tankers off Gibraltar.
Iran condemned the “unlawful interception” of its Grace 1 tanker, which was halted in Gibraltar final week with assistance from British Royal Marines.
Officers in Gibraltar — a British abroad territory on Spain’s southern tip — mentioned the cargo was believed to be destined for Syria, which is topic to European sanctions.
Additional heightening tensions, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned Tehran that sanctions would quickly be “elevated considerably” on Iran over its choice to counterpoint uranium past the restrict imposed by a 2015 nuclear deal that Washington withdrew from final yr.