Written by Reuters
23 Jul, 2019 | 2:14 pm
Reuters – A satellite image of the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, taken on Monday (July 22), shows the presence of the seized British oil tanker, the Stena Impero.
Britain called on Monday for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, days after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in what London described as an act of “state piracy.”
Stena Bulk, the British operator of the tanker, has made a formal request to visit the 23 crew members of the Stena Impero and is awaiting a formal response, it said on Sunday (July 21).
Washington’s major European allies Britain, France and Germany have tried to stay neutral as tension has risen between Tehran and Washington. But Britain was plunged directly into the crisis on July 4 when it seized an Iranian tanker off Gibraltar accused of violating sanctions on Syria.
Iran repeatedly threatened to retaliate, culminating with its seizure of the Stena Impero on Friday (July 19) using the same tactics – commandos rappelling onto the deck from helicopters – that British Royal Marines had used aboard Iran’s own ship.
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