On Saturday, UK Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt warned that the seizure of the Stena Impero tanker was a breach of international law. Tehran insists that the vessel was detained due to its collision with a fishing boat.
US efforts to bully Iran into a new nuclear deal have been one of the main catalysts for the ongoing conflict. Iran has partially suspended its commitments under the deal, claiming European powers failed to shield it from US pressure.
Relations between Tehran and Washington have soured significantly since the US withdrew unilaterally from the Iranian nuclear deal in 2018. US National Security Adviser John Bolton stated earlier this month that Iran will remain under pressure until Tehran abandons its nuclear weapons programme and 'violent activities' in the region.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Two Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) servicemen were killed in an attack by militants in southeastern Iran, local media reported on Sunday.
The seizure of the British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz by Iranian forces took place after UK marines detained an Iranian supertanker off Gibraltar.
Tensions in the Middle East and in the Persian Gulf region have escalated following the confiscation of a UK-flagged oil tanker by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the Strait of Hormuz.
Tensions between Iran, the United Kingdom and the United States have flared up since 13 June, when two US oil tankers were attacked in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz. Washington pinned the blame on Iran for the incident, while Tehran vehemently denied its involvement.
A week later, a US drone was downed by Tehran; Iran insisted that the aircraft violated its airspace, prompting Washington to introduce sanctions against the nation's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
The situation worsened when a Syria-bound Iranian supertanker carrying oil was detained off Gibraltar citing breach of EU sanctions against Damascus.
Later on, Iranian media reported that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps had detained a foreign oil tanker amid reports that a Panamanian-flagged oil tanker from the United Arab Emirates had disappeared from radars. The claim was rejected by Tehran, which said that this was just a small smuggler ship, while Abu Dhabi denied the loss of its vessel.
The tensions continued to ramp up after US President Trump claimed that an Iranian drone had been downed near a US warship in the Strait of Hormuz. However, Tehran denied the allegation.
Most recently, Iran seized two vessels - one registered in the UK and the other in Liberia - citing a violation of international maritime rules. The Liberian-flagged ship was later released. The UK condemned the seizure of its ship as an 'unacceptable' move.
Earlier, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt accused Tehran of taking a "dangerous path of illegal and destabilising behaviour" following Friday's seizure of a UK-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
On Friday, a UK-flagged tanker was seized in the Strait of Hormuz by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps after it allegedly violated international regulations. The UK condemned the move calling the act 'unacceptable'. The seizure comes amid UK-Iranian tensions that spiked after Britain seized an Iranian supertanker near Gibraltar.
Earlier this day, the Houthi rebels claimed to have carried out drone attacks on military positions at an airbase in southeast Saudi Arabia. Militants from the Yemeni Houthi movement have been conducting attacks on the kingdom's airports on a regular basis.
The Israeli prime minister has successfully won four terms in elections, despite several scandals that haunted him ahead of the votes. The last general election hasn't brought him a fifth term, but so far he remains the interim head of the government and has still a chance to win in the September 2019 elections.
Earlier, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said that they have confiscated a UK tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - At least 56 people, including 21 children, were taken to a hospital over suspected food poisoning in Turkey's eastern city of Erzincan, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Saturday.
The Saudi-led coalition said it had launched an offensive to target military positions in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, Reuters reported Saturday, citing local media.
The US continues to “strangle” Iran’s economy by imposing sanctions on Tehran as well as other countries that attempt to trade with Iran, Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the peace group Code Pink, told Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear Friday.
Earlier in the day, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud reportedly approved hosting of US troops in the kingdom in a bid to enhance security in the region.
Earlier it was reported that five hundred US troops were slated to be deployed to the Prince Sultan Air Base, located to the east of the country’s capital of Riyadh, becoming reinforcements to US military and support personnel already on the site.
The former Iranian president suggested that the American leader is a “businessman” and therefore should be interested in reaching mutually beneficial deals.
The UK-flagged Stena Imperio oil tanker was seized earlier on Friday during a passage through the Strait of Hormuz while in international waters. According to the cargo vessel owner Stena Bulk, there are 23 crew aboard the seized ship.
Earlier in the day, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said that they had boarded and seized a UK tanker in the Strait of Hormuz over a violation of international norms.