On the Strait of Hormuz, the confrontation between Great Britain and the United States comes with the Iran out of control. Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) have set two British tankers in quick succession; only one could continue driving a short time later. In response, Britain and the US are threatening Iran with grave consequences. The London government called on British ships to avoid the Strait of Hormuz and surrounding waters.
The influential Iranian Guardian Council has established the seizure with the establishment of an Iranian ship in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. In light of the “illegitimate economic war” against Iran and the confiscation of its own oil tankers, Iran has made the right decision, said Council spokesman Abbas Ali Kadchodaei, according to a report by the semi-official news agency Fars.
The Iranian Guardian Council rarely comment on matters such as these. If he does, his statements are equated with those of Supreme Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the last word in all affairs of state. Previously, Tehran had said that Iran had the ship Stena Impero escorted to an Iranian port for ramming a smaller Iranian fishing boat and disregarding international maritime laws.
The state television published on Saturday pictures of the Stena Imperowhich was moored near the port of Bandar Abbas. On board were 23 crew members, 18 of them from India, the rest from Russia, Latvia and the Philippines.
Just hours before the ship was seized, the Supreme Court of the Gibraltar Overseas Territory decided to hold a tanker loaded with Iranian oil for four weeks. British Marines had succumbed to the supertanker on suspicion of transporting Iranian oil to Syria. That would be a violation of EU sanctions imposed on the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
In response to the incident, the government issued by US President Donald Trump known to relocate soldiers to Saudi Arabia, an enemy of Iran. According to information from US media, there are up to 500 soldiers. The transfer serves as a deterrent, according to the US Central Command. Saudi Arabia had previously welcomed the deployment.
British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt spoke on Saturday about a risky maneuver by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. The action on Friday night suggests that Iran is embarking on a “dangerous path of illegal and destabilizing behavior,” Hunt wrote on Twitter. About possible countermeasures wanted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in London on request no information.
“An unjustifiable intervention”
Germany and France expressed their solidarity Great Britain, “The Federal Government condemns the fixing of two merchant ships in the Gulf in the strongest terms,” said a spokesman for the Berlin Foreign Ministry on Saturday. “This is an unjustifiable intrusion into civil shipping, which will further exacerbate an already strained situation.”
The new incident on the Gulf weighed on the stock markets and drove up the price of oil. The affected strait in the Gulf of Oman is one of the most important sea routes in the world. Almost a third of global oil exports are shipped through the straits. The price of a barrel (159 liters) of the North Sea Brent recently increased by $ 1.14 to $ 63.07.
The US military said it had reconnaissance aircraft operating in the region operating in international airspace. The United States is currently promoting a military initiative called Operation Sentinel to protect merchant ships in the Strait of Hormuz. Only on Thursday had Trump stated that a US naval vessel had destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz. The leadership in Tehran contradicted that.
Trump had unilaterally terminated the nuclear deal with Iran in May 2018, and then imposed tough economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic to cut the country off from the financial and oil markets. The US and Iran have no diplomatic relations.
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