The British Ministry of Defense on Thursday expressed concern over an incident with one of its tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, where a frigate of the British Navy prevented an Iranian vessel from intercepting it.
The ship The British Heritage left the Persian Gulf when the Iranians tried to prevent it from sailing through the Strait of Hormuz, forcing the intervention of the frigate HMS Montrose.
"Contrary to international law, three Iranian vessels attempted to prevent the passage of a commercial vessel, the British Heritage, through the Strait of Hormuz," said a defense spokesman.
"This forced HMS Montrose to take a stand between the Iranian vessels and the British Heritage and make a verbal warning to the Iranian ships, which then departed," he added.
The defense spokesman said the ministry is "concerned about this action and continues to ask the Iranian authorities to lower (the tension) of the situation in the region."
According to US media, no shots were fired during the incident.
This incident adds to those that have occurred in the area in recent weeks and that tensions between Washington and Tehran have increased.
On June 20, Iran shot down a drone of the US Navy. when, according to Tehran, it entered its airspace for surveillance tasks, but, according to the Pentagon, the device was on reconnaissance mission over international waters.
Iranian President Hasan Rohani said yesterday that the United Kingdom has created "insecurity in the seas" with the arrest of an Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar, and warned of "consequences."
"The British are the initiators of insecurity in the seas and we hope they do not repeat it (the seizure of the oil tanker last week), because they will spread insecurity around the world," Rohaní warned.
The supertanker Grace 1 was intercepted last week by the British Royal Navy (Royal Navy) in the Strait of Gibraltar from a US request. for allegedly violating the sanctions of the European Union (EU) against the Arab country.
The Gibraltar authorities believe that the ship was carrying oil to the Banyas refinery in Syria, owned by an entity subject to EU sanctions, but Iran denies that the Arab country was their destination.
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