Welcome, Guest! - or
Easy to remember!  »  VinNews.com

Tehran - Iran Says It Seized British Oil Tanker In Strait Of Hormuz

Published on: July 19, 2019 03:05 PM
By: AP
Change text size Text Size  
This undated photo provided by Iranian state television's English-language service, Press TV, shows the Panamanian-flagged oil tanker MT Riah surrounded by Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels. APThis undated photo provided by Iranian state television's English-language service, Press TV, shows the Panamanian-flagged oil tanker MT Riah surrounded by Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels. AP

Tehran - Iran said Friday it seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, a fresh escalation in confrontations in the strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint in tensions between Tehran and the West.

The website of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, sepahnews.com, said the tanker “Impero Stena” was seized Friday for “non-compliance with international maritime laws and regulations” and was taken to an Iranian port. The report did not say what port.

Advertisement:

The operator of the Stena Impero said it was unable to contact the ship after it was approached by unidentified vessels and a helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz. The ship has 23 crew aboard.

The British government said it was urgently seeking more information.

The incident came as Iran and the United States emphatically disagreed Friday over Washington’s claim that a U.S. warship downed an Iranian drone near the Persian Gulf. American officials said they used electronic jamming to bring down the unmanned aircraft, while Iran said it simply didn’t happen.

Neither side provided evidence to prove its claim.

At the White House on Friday, President Donald Trump said flatly of the Iranian drone: “We shot it down.” But Pentagon and other officials have said repeatedly that the USS Boxer, a Navy ship in the Strait of Hormuz, actually jammed the drone’s signal, causing it to crash, and did not fire a missile. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive technology.

Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, said, “There is no question this was an Iranian drone, and the USS Boxer took it out as the president announced yesterday because it posed a threat to the ship and its crew. It’s entirely the right thing to do.”

In Tehran, the Iranian military said all its drones had returned safely to their bases and denied there was any confrontation with the USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship.



More of today's headlines

Wolcott, CT - The woodsy community of Wolcott, Connecticut, doesn't see a lot of crime. But when the police chief heard about an opportunity to distribute doorbell... Berkeley, CA - Sophisticated phony videos called deepfakes have attracted plenty of attention as a possible threat to election integrity. But a bigger problem for the...

 

Total5

Read Comments (5)  —  Post Yours »

1

 Jul 19, 2019 at 03:52 PM adar29 Says:

Awwww but England loves Muslims

2

 Jul 19, 2019 at 05:35 PM The weak British Says:

The vermin know not to start with the US because our great president will obliterate them!

3

 Jul 21, 2019 at 04:03 AM Raphael_Kaufman Says:

Britannia once ruled the waves. Now it can't protect its own shipping. Margaret Thatcher would have had the Royal Marines in there in about 10 hours..

4

 Jul 21, 2019 at 04:04 AM Anonymous Says:

It's Trumpf's Fault

5

 Jul 21, 2019 at 04:42 AM Dumb comments Says:

Reply to #2  
The weak British Says:

The vermin know not to start with the US because our great president will obliterate them!

You seem to have a very very very short term memory. Let me remind you that the Iranians very very very recently shot down a very very very costly US drone without as much as giving a flying pretzel. They ain’t afraid and have been playing their game very very very well. Stop being a bombastic fool.

6

Sign-in to post a comment

Click here to sign-in.

Scroll Up
Advertisements:
Sell your scrap gold and broken jewelry and earn hard cash sell gold today!