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A second Royal Navy warship has arrived in the Gulf to protect British ships amid heightened tensions in the region. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the UK continued to push for a diplomatic resolution to the situation.
He said: "Freedom of in the Strait of Hormuz is vital not just to the UK, but also our international partners and allies. Mr Wallace esclrt the Royal Navy will continue to provide a safeguard for UK vessels "until this is the reality". In response, Tehran threatened to capture a British oil tanker.
A second British-linked tanker, the MV Mesdar, was also boarded by armed guards but was released. Iran's tehran IRNA news agency said the tanker was captured after it collided with a fishing boat and failed to respond to calls from the smaller craft. But the escorts antigua largo foreign escort Jeremy Hunt said it was seized in Omani waters in "clear contravention of international law" and then forced to tehrsn into Iran.
The tanker's Swedish owners, Stena Bulksaid it had been complying with regulations and had been in international waters. Stena Bulk said the 23 crew members, who are Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino, are in good health and have met with officials from their respective countries.
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The then foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt called the seizure of the Stena Impero "state piracy". But he insisted: "Our priority continues to be to find a way to de-escalate the situation.
The then defence minister Tobias Ellwood told Sky News "it is impossible simply to escort each individual vessel". He said Iran escorts the security of the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, and escortt its courtney visalia escort were to "uphold international maritime rules". In a statement on his website he said: "We are not going to continue tensions with some European countries and if they are committed to international frameworks and abandon tehran actions, including what they did in Gibraltar, they will receive a proper response from Iran".
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