Threat level raised for UK ships in Iranian waters

The UK has increased the threat of British transport in Iranian waters from the Gulf into the maximum degree.

On Wednesday, Iranian ships attempted to jumpstart a British petroleum tanker from the area – before being pushed with a Royal Navy ship, the Ministry of Defence said.

Iran had threatened to retaliate to the seizure of one of its tankers but refused any tried seizure.

The Department for Transport said it frequently provided security guidance to UK boats in high-risk places.

Boats considered to belong to Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) approached the British Heritage tanker and attempted to make it to a stop because it was moving from the Gulf to the Strait of Hormuz.

HMS Montrose, a British frigate shadowing the BP-owned tanker, was made to maneuver between the 3 ships and the boat, a Ministry of Defence spokesman said.

He explained the Iranians’ acts as”against international law”.

Guns on HMS Montrose were educated on the Iranian ships since they were ordered to back off, US media reported.

Last week, British Royal Marines assisted the police at Gibraltar grab an undercover tanker due to evidence that it had been carrying oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.

The BBC was advised British Heritage was close to the island of Abu Musa as it had been approached with the Iranian ships.

Even though Abu Musa is in disputed territorial seas, HMS Montrose stayed in global waters throughout.

Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the government was worried from the incident and urged the Iranian government to”de-escalate the scenario”.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt additional that the UK will monitor the situation”very closely”.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s official spokesman said the government was”committed to preserving freedom of navigation after global law”.

The navy of IRGC said that there was no confrontation with almost any vessels in the previous 24 hours.

Iranian foreign ministry Mohammad Javad Zarif said the UK created the promises”for producing strain”.

“These claims don’t have any value,” Mr. Zarif added, as stated by the Fars news agency.