Tensions are growing in the Gulf as Iran has demanded the immediate release of their oil tanker that was seized by the Royal Marine Commando’s of the coast of Gibraltar.
A spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry said to IRNA the state news agency, “This is a dangerous game and has consequences.
“The legal pretexts for the capture are not valid… the release of the tanker is in all countries’ interest.”
Last week the Grace 1 an Iranian super tanker was seized as it was breaking EU sanctions as it was suspected of carrying crude oil to Syria.
On Thursday the Royal Navy’s HMS Montrose was forced to intercept three Iranian armed vessels as they attempted to “impede” a BP operated British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.
A MoD spokesman said, “HMS Montrose was forced to position herself between the Iranian vessels and British Heritage and issue verbal warnings to the Iranian vessels, which then turned away.”
“We are concerned by this action and continue to urge the Iranian authorities to de-escalate the situation in the region.”
Also, on Thursday the Captain of the Iranian oil tanker was arrested by Gibraltar police under suspicion of violating EU sanctions on Syria, which has exacerbated the already heightened tensions.
Up to 30 British ships pass through the Persian Gulf every day, with one in three travelling through the dangerous waters of the Strait of Hormuz daily.