On Monday, Prime Minister Theresa May will hold an emergency committee meeting to discuss seizure of a UK-flagged oil tanker in Iran.
In one of her final vital acts as the ongoing Prime Minister of Britain, before she resigns on July 24, PM May will chair a meeting of Britain’s COBR Emergencies Committee at 10:30 AM, said her Downing Street Office.
In a brief statement, a spokesperson said her quoting, “As well as receiving the latest updates from ministers and officials, the COBR meeting will discuss the maintenance of the security of shipping in the Persian Gulf.”
It will be the third emergency committee meeting of the UK since Iran has seized Stena Impero tanker on July 19, in which London has told the United Nations Security Council was an illegal move conducted in Omani Waters.
It will be recorded the first PM May meeting, which has chaired on the seizure.
Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms (COBR) meetings eventually bring Ministers, Military, Intelligence, and Security Chiefs together in a secure facility in London (centre).
The UK has a frigate in the Gulf, HMS Montrose, requested all UK-flagged ships to avoid the Strait of Hormuz checkpoint until further notice.
Letter To United Nations Security Council
In its letter to the UNSC, the UK said that Iran had claimed that the Stena Impero has tried to enter straight via exit route, while didn’t reply to messages or warnings and with its transponder switched off.
The letter reads, “This is not the case.”
Iranian officials further claim that the oil tanker was delayed due to a collision with an Iran’s fishing boat, adding that “there is no evidence of this,” reads the letter.
It continued, “Even if it had occurred, the ship’s location within Omani territorial waters means that Iran would not have been permitted to intercept the Stena Impero.”
On Sunday, Junior Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood said that the UK was considering multiple options.
Enquired of the UK could introduce new sanctions to freeze assets of Iran, Finance Minister Philip Hammond told sources that “we’ve already got a wide raft of sanctions against Iran, particularly financial sanctions, so it’s not clear that there are immediate things we can do but we are of course looking at all the options.”
On Monday, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that the Parliament will be updated on the situation.
Either Jermey Hunt or ex-London Mayor Boris Johnson will be established as the new leader of the Governing Conservative Party and take over from PM May on July 24.