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Monday 22 Jul 2019 09.53 AM

Iran sees seized tankers as 'tit for tat situation': UK

Iran, UK

London : The United Kingdom on Saturday said that Iran considers the seizing of British tankers in the Strait of the Hormuz as "tit-for-tat situation" after the detention of Iranian tanker Grace 1 in Gilbrator. "It's clear from talking to him (Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif) and also statements made by Iran that they see this as a tit-for-tat situation, following Grace 1 being detained in Gibraltar," said UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt after having "long conversation" with Zarif.

"Our priority continues to find a way to de-escalate the situation. That's why I reached out to the Iranian Foreign Minister, that's why the due process in Gibraltar continues," he added. Hunt also contented that Grace 1 detention by Gibraltarian authorities was totally "legal" as Gibraltarian authorities.

Hunt asserted that the seizure of the British ship was "totally and utterly unacceptable". Iranian Navy has seized a British-flagged tanker Steno Impero vessel on the request of Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran's Hormozgan province. Along with seizing one vessel, Iranian authorities also stopped another Liberian-flagged ship in the Strait of the Hormuz for "violating international regulations." ANI

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