Concerns are growing for the crew of a British-flagged tanker seized by Iranian forces, with the ship’s owners calling for more action from the Government.
Strait of Hormuz
Iran’s president has signalled a deal could be possible regarding the British-flagged tanker seized in the Strait of Hormuz.
The crew of the seized tanker Stena Impero are safe, the vessel’s owners said, after direct communication with them in Iran.
A large British-flagged vessel has transited the Strait of Hormuz in the first such passage made by a UK ship since Iran seized the Stena Impero tanker last week.
Iran has warned it will protect its waters after the UK set out plans to put together a European maritime force to defend shipping in the Strait of Hormuz.
Britain is to seek to put together a European-led maritime mission to protect ships sailing through the Strait of Hormuz following the seizure by Iran of a British-flagged tanker.
Theresa May, senior ministers and security chiefs have met to discuss the UK’s response to the Gulf crisis following the seizure of a British-flagged tanker by Iran.
Jeremy Hunt said the actions of Iran raise “very serious questions” following the seizure of the Stena Impero tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.
The seizure of the Stena Impero tanker in the Strait of Hormuz is the latest episode to contribute to rising tensions between the UK, US and Iran in the region.
The Government said it remains “deeply concerned” by the “unacceptable” seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker by Iranian authorities in the Persian Gulf.
Jeremy Hunt has said he is “extremely concerned” by the “unacceptable” seizure of oil tankers by Iranian authorities in the Persian Gulf, as it emerged one of the ships had been released.