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Tehran launches propaganda offensive over hijacking of tankers. UK to freeze Iranian assets. Recorded radio traffic shows CO of HMS Montrose warned tanker captain not to stop but was disobeyed. UK directs British flagged ships to avoid the straits for “an interim period”. As no UK nationals on hijacked ships it does not appear the UK will be intervening to recover the vessel. Russian media reporting MI6 investigating whether Russia spoofed GPS to steer tankers into Iranian waters.

Javad Zarif on Twitter: “Unlike the piracy in the Strait of Gibraltar, our action in the Persian Gulf is to uphold int’l maritime rules. As I said in NY, it is IRAN that guarantees the security of the Persian Gulf &amp; the Strait of Hormuz. UK must cease being an accessory to #EconomicTerrorism of the US.” / Twitter


Detained British-flagged tanker must go through legal process: Iran foreign minister – Reuters

The detained British-flagged tanker Stena Impero must go through a legal process because it violated maritime regulations, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt in a phone call on Saturday, the Iranian news agency ISNA reported. 

Jeremy Hunt on Twitter: “1/2 Yesterday’s action in Gulf shows worrying signs Iran may be choosing a dangerous path of illegal and destabilising behaviour after Gibraltar’s LEGAL detention of oil bound for Syria.” / Twitter


Jeremy Hunt on Twitter: “Just spoke 2 Iranian FM Zarif &amp;expressed extreme disappointment that having assured me last Sat Iran wanted 2 deescalate situation they have behaved in the opposite way.This has 2 be about actions not words if we are to find a way through.British shipping must &amp; will be protected” / Twitter


Iran on ‘dangerous path’: UK warns British ships to avoid Strait of Hormuz | Arab News

LONDON: London Saturday advised British ships to avoid the Strait of Hormuz for “an interim period” following Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker. “We remain deeply concerned about Iran’s unacceptable actions which represent a clear challenge to international freedom of navigation,” a government spokeswoman said following an overnight meeting of the government’s 

Jeremy Hunt set to freeze Iran assets after it taunts UK over seized tanker

Ministers are drawing up plans to target the Iranian regime with sanctions after its forces seized a British-flagged tanker in the Gulf. 

Britain mulls sanctions in response to Iran tanker seizure: The Telegraph – Reuters

British ministers are making plans aimed at targeting Iran with sanctions in the aftermath of the Iranian seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported. 

Britain Considering Options to Respond to Iran’s Oil Tanker Seizure – Sputnik International

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) captured the British-flagged Stena Impero tanker on Friday, allegedly for breaking international laws. 

Iran tanker seizure: Radio exchanges reveal Iran-UK confrontation – BBC News

In the recording, a Royal Navy frigate can be heard warning Iran not to obstruct the tanker. 

‘Alter your course’: Audio reveals UK Navy-Iran exchange before tanker seizure | Fox News

An audio recording emerged Sunday of a British Navy frigate trying to stop Iran’s Revolutionary Guard from seizing a U.K. tanker two days ago. 

Royal Navy captain’s frantic call urging Brit tanker to ignore Iran threats to change course as HMS Montrose raced to scene

DRAMATIC audio has emerged of the radio exchanges between a Brit warship and Iranian armed forces ship moments before a UK-flagged oil tanker was seized on Friday. In a move that edged the world closer to the brink of conflict, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard launched a gunboat and helicopter raid on the Stena Impero, which is registered in the UK, claiming it had turned off its tracker and ignored warnings.

British warship was an hour from tanker seized by Iran in ‘hostile act’

Alan Mendoza: The only surprise about Iran's seizure is that it didn't happen sooner Analysis: Boris Johnson could face early test as Iran 'exploits' political uncertainty US developing 'coalition' of navies to protect ships amid Iran tensions Mark Almond: Brexit myopia and a 

UK navy heard in audio trying to thwart Iran ship seizure – ABC News

Get breaking national and world news, broadcast video coverage, and exclusive interviews. Find the top news online at ABC news. 

UK warship tried to prevent Iran from stopping tanker: Revolutionary Guards – Reuters

A British warship escorting the detained UK-flagged tanker Stena Impero tried to prevent Iran’s Revolutionary Guards from stopping the ship, Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif, a Guards spokesman, said on Saturday, according to the Fars news agency. 

Of Course It’s Russia Again: MI6 Probes If Russia Spoofed GPS of Tanker Seized by Iran – Sputnik International

Guess who’s now become involved in the tanker seizure scandal unfolding in the Strait of Hormuz? If you guessed Russia, you’re right. UK media now suggest, citing unnamed security sources, that Russian covert ops may have spoofed the Stena Impero’s GPS receivers and steered it into Iranian waters. 

New footage by Iran purportedly shows commandos rappelling onto UK-flagged oil tanker | Fox News

Britain warned Iran that it’s on a “dangerous path” after its authorities seized a British-flagged tanker in the Gulf, but the regime insists it was a “reciprocal” measure amid economic sanctions. 

Gulf tanker seizure ‘totally unacceptable’, says Hunt | News | The Times

A British-flagged oil tanker was seized by Iran today in an escalation of tensions between London and Tehran.The cargo vessel had been sailing through the Strait of Hormuz en route to Saudi Arabia when it was surrounded by “unidentified small crafts and a helicopter” at 4pm BST. No contact has been 

Iran Guards Say Tanker Entered Strait From Wrong Direction – Bloomberg

Iran said a British oil tanker that’s been seized in the Persian Gulf had entered the Strait of Hormuz from the “wrong direction” and will be held until a judicial assessment is completed. 

Iran crisis: How a British oil tanker was seized by Iran’s balaclava-clad Revolutionary Guards

“Allahu akbar”, or God is great, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard marine was heard shouting off camera as the group took control of the British-flagged Stena Impero. Scaling down ropes onto its bow, the balaclava-wearing hijackers made a daring – and seemingly well-rehearsed – raid of the oil tanker, 

18 Indians out of 23 sailors aboard tanker seized by Iran, India trying to secure release | The News Minute

Eighteen Indians, including the ship’s captain, are among 23 crew members of a British-flagged oil tanker seized by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions in the Gulf. India said on Saturday it is in touch with Tehran for the release of the Indian sailors. Iran on Friday seized the British-flagged Stena Impero, which has Indians, Russians, Latvians and Filipinos 

Pentagon sees high risk of ‘unintended conflict’ with Iran

U.S. military officials see a high risk of “unintended conflict” with Iran due to rising tensions in the Persian Gulf, according to top Pentagon official. 

Royal Navy is too small to cope with the threat from Iran, defence minister admits – The Sun

THE Royal Navy is too small to protect British ships from the Iran threat, the Defence Minister warned today. Tobias Ellwood also threatened to freeze the assets of Iran if the country doesn’t release a UK tanker as he called on the next PM to beef up the military. 

Gulf tanker incidents may raise shippers’ costs, cut traffic

Seizures of oil tankers and other hostile Iranian measures in the Strait of Hormuz are already raising insurance rates for shipping companies and could eventually reduce tanker traffic in the vital waterway, with a spike in global oil prices a serious risk even without war, energy and maritime experts 

Panama deregisters oil tanker that strayed into Iranian waters | Business | The Guardian

Country says MT Riah, which stopped transmitting location on 14 July, ‘deliberately violated international regulations’ 

Panama Withdraws Its Flag From Tanker MT Riah for Intl Regulation Violations – Report – Sputnik International

The MT Riah oil tanker incident has been shrouded in mystery. The ship allegedly stopped transmitting its location signal on early Sunday morning near the coast of northern United Arab Emirates. Iran claimed it came to the assistance of the tanker when it received a distress call, but no other nation has confirmed receiving the call. 

Panama says withdrawing flag from tanker towed to Iran, cites violations – Reuters

Panama’s maritime authority said on Saturday it had begun the process of withdrawing the registration of an oil tanker called MT Riah, which was towed to Iran after it disappeared from ship tracking maps in the Strait of Hormuz on July 14. 

Europe’s Outcry Mounts Over Iran’s Tanker Seizure, U.K. Stresses ‘Desire To Deescalate’

The EU has accused Tehran of risking “further escalation” and inhibiting efforts to defuse dangerous tensions in the strait used to transit most of the Middle East’s oil as Britain and its allies s… 

Long British leadership race taking a toll as tankers taken – The National

As Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson battle it out for the country’s top job, officials worry that a vacancy at the top is leaving the UK looking weak 

Seizing an Iranian oil tanker was reckless, and now we’re paying for our actions | The Independent

To seize an Iranian oil tanker, however legally justified the seizure might be, and not take the most stringent precautions against the inevitable Iranian retaliation, is reckless. 

Boris Johnson’s braggadocio will soon come back to haunt him at Number 10 | Andrew Rawnsley | Opinion | The Guardian

Lusting after the job is entirely different to doing it, and Britain’s next prime minister has made promises he cannot hope to keep 

Iran tensions: What a failed deal would mean for oil prices

Regional stability, oil prices and potential for war will all depend on what Iran does with its nuclear program in the event of the deal’s termination. 

What Trump can expect from Iran’s supreme leader – To Inform is to Influence

As a rule, I don’t like this sort of a predictive piece, but I have been bombarded with recommendations to read it, I just had to post it and respond. First, it is vague. Yes, Khameini is the Supreme Leader and has the final say on all matters of State. Yes, we know Iran will…