Iranian boats attempted to impede a British oil tanker close to the Gulf – earlier than being pushed off through a Royal Navy ship, the Ministry of Defence has said.
HMS Montrose, a British frigate shadowing the BP-owned tanker, become forced to transport among the 3 boats and the tanker, a spokesman said.
He defined the Iranians’ actions as “contrary to global regulation”.
Iran had threatened to retaliate for the seizure of one among its personal tankers but denied any attempted seizure.
Boats believed to belong to Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) approached the tanker, British Heritage, and attempted to bring it to a halt as it turned into transferring out of the Gulf into the Strait of Hormuz.
Guns on HMS Montrose have been skilled on the Iranian boats as they had been ordered to backtrack, US media said. The boats heeded the warning and no pictures were fired.
The BBC has been instructed British Heritage become close to the island of Abu Musa when it changed into approached by way of the Iranian boats.
Although Abu Musa is in disputed territorial waters, HMS Montrose remained in global waters at some point of.
Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt stated the authorities were worried about the aid of the incident and entreated the Iranian authorities to “de-enhance the scenario”.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt delivered the UK might monitor the situation “very cautiously”.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s authentic spokesman said the authorities become “committed to retaining freedom of navigation according to with global regulation”.
What does Iran say?
The army of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps has denied claims it attempted to capture the tanker, Iranian information businesses reported. IRGC’s military stated there was no disagreement with any foreign vessels inside the beyond 24 hours.
Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the UK made the claims “for growing anxiety”.
“These claims don’t have any fee,” Mr. Zarif introduced, in step with the Fars information corporation.
The relationship among the United Kingdom and Iran has become more and more strained after Britain stated the Iranian regime changed into “nearly certainly” liable for the assaults on oil tankers in June.
Last week, British Royal Marines helped the authorities in Gibraltar capture an oil tanker due to proof it becomes sporting Iranian crude oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.
On Thursday an Iranian authentic instructed the BBC the seizure became “pointless and non-optimistic escalation with the aid of the UK”.
The reputable claimed the oil changed into now not certain for Syria and referred to as for the tanker to be launched.
The authorities of Gibraltar stated it would now not touch upon topics regarding the vessel as it becomes the difficulty of police research. It stated the problem was also now inside the Supreme Court.
The Port of Gibraltar’s stay map showed the tanker, Grace 1, remained anchored approximately 3km off the east coast of Gibraltar.
At the time of the Gibraltar incident, Iran summoned the British ambassador in Tehran to whinge about what it stated become a “shape of piracy”.
An Iranian reliable stated a British oil tanker must be seized if Grace 1 turned into no longer released.
On Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani mocked the UK, calling it “scared” and “hopeless” for the usage of Royal Navy warships to shadow some other British tanker within the Gulf.
HMS Montrose had shadowed the British tanker Pacific Voyager for a number of the way thru the Strait of Hormuz, but that journey had handed with out incident.
“You, Britain, are the initiator of insecurity and you may realize the effects later,” Mr. Rouhani said.