Britain considering options to respond to Iran’s seizure of tanker

Britain considering options to respond to Iran’s seizure of tanker

by Joseph Anthony
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Britain is looking into a series of options to respond to Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged tanker, junior defence minister Tobias Ellwood said on Sunday when asked whether London was considering putting sanctions on Tehran.

“Our first and most important responsibility is to make sure that we get a solution to the issue to do with the current ship, make sure other British-flagged ships are safe to operate in these waters and then look at the wider picture,” he told Sky News.

Asked about the possibility of sanctions, he said: “We are going to be looking at a series of options … We will be speaking with our colleagues, our international allies, to see what can actually be done.”

Iran’s envoy to Britain on Sunday meanwhile urged the UK to contain “domestic political forces” which he said wanted to escalate tension between the two countries amid the capture of a British-flagged tanker in the Gulf by Iran. “UK government should contain those domestic political forces who want to escalate existing tension between Iran and the UK well beyond the issue of ships. This is quite dangerous and unwise at a sensitive time in the region,” Hamid Baeidinejad tweeted.

“Iran however is firm and ready for different scenarios.”

REUTERS

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