Britain demanded the return of ships.
Britain reported that Iran had seized two British tankers in the Persian Gulf and demanded their return. The Islamic revolutionary guard corps (IRGC) confirmed the capture of one tanker – Stena Impero.
Iranian news Agency “Tasnim” reported that the tanker Mesdar was not captured.
Entering the Persian Gulf, after passing the Strait of Hormuz, both tankers abruptly changed course and headed for the Iranian shore. However, later Mesdar again changed course and moved to the West.
Iranian state news agency IRNA, citing a source in the armed forces reported that the captured tanker Stena Impero committed a number of violations – turned off the tracker, ignored the requirements of warships and violated traffic rules.
The British operator company Stena Bulk reported that Stena Impero complied with all the rules of navigation in international waters. On Board the tanker – 23 crew members: citizens of India, Russia, Latvia, and the Philippines.
British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said: “These seizures are unacceptable. It is necessary to ensure freedom of navigation, in this region all ships have the right to move freely and safely.”
Later, hunt warned Iran about the possible consequences if he does not return the captured ship. However, he specified that it is not about the use of military force.
US President Donald Trump told reporters that he intends to discuss the situation with the British authorities.