Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said. it confiscated a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday.
“The British oil tanker Stena Impero was stopped by the IRGC’s First Division of Navy for not falling in line with maritime rules, thus the ship was “violating international maritime rules.” the Iranian forces said in a statement.
The UK government is deeply concerned about Iran’s “unacceptable” seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the Gulf.
The Stena Impero’s owners say they have been unable to contact the ship, which was seized in the Strait of Hormuz, a key waterway in the region. while Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned of “serious consequences” if the situation is not resolved quickly.
It follows Britain’s July 4 seizure of an Iranian flagged oil tanker off Gibraltar, a British overseas territory that abuts southern Spain. The Grace 1 is suspected of smuggling oil to Syria.
The EU imposed a series of sanctions against the Assad regime in response to the heavy crackdown on peaceful demonstrations in 2011 and the ensuing civil war.