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BREAKING: Iran’s IRGC Says It Has Confiscated UK Tanker in Strait of Hormuz

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By SPUTNIK

Relations between the UK and Iran worsened recently after Iranian supertanker Grace 1 was detained off the coast of Gibraltar earlier this month on suspicion of carrying oil to Syria for refinement.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has said they have confiscated a UK tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, Reuters reported, citing the country’s state TV.

According to the report, the British oil tanker “Stena Impero” was detained over a violation of international norms.

A defence expert has shared an image on Twitter, providing details of the tanker’s seizure.

Earlier on Friday, Reuters reported, citing a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence, that Britain was urgently seeking more information after reports that one of its tankers was involved in an incident in the Persian Gulf.​

The Guardian has reported that the ship’s owners have issued a statement saying that the vessel was “approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter” while sailing through international waters in the Strait of Hormuz.

The incident comes on the same day as a court in Gibraltar announced that an Iranian tanker, the Grace 1, would be detained for 30 more days. The tanker was carrying about two million barrels of crude oil when it was detained by British Royal Marines on suspicion of shipping oil to Syria. Iran has denied the allegation.

READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE AT: https://sputniknews.com/world/201907191076300164-britain-seeking-information-after-reported-incident-with-its-tanker-in-the-persian-gulf—report/

—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: July 19, 2019 at 03:52PM

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