On Monday, the United Kingdom has called on Iran to immediately release a UK-flagged oil tanker and its crew, termed the seizure of the Stena Impero as illegal in the Strait of Hormuz.
The Revolutionary Guards of Iran has rappelled from helicopters and seized the oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19, evident retaliation for the UK capture of an Iran’s oil tanker two weeks ago.
A spokesperson of Prime Minister Theresa May told reporters that “the ship was seized under false and illegal pretences and the Iranians should release it and its crew immediately.”
“We do not seek confrontation with Iran but it is unacceptable and highly escalatory to seize a ship going about legitimate business through internationally recognised shipping lanes,” he added.
PM May was chairing a meeting of the UK’s CIBR emergency reply committee and Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt is likely to make a statement to the Parliament to face criticism that the UK naval vessels should have been escorted the ship.
The spokesperson said that the emergency committee meeting was to discuss ways to enhance reassurance and monitoring for commercial shipping.