Iranian envoy to UK claims Britain attempting to escalate tension with Iran

Oman urged Iran on Sunday to let the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero, which it seized on Friday, depart.

By REUTERS
July 21, 2019 11:34
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A British soldier looks on during an operation involving the oil supertanker Grace 1, that's on susp

A British soldier looks on during an operation involving the oil supertanker Grace 1, that's on suspicion of carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria, in waters off the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Iran's envoy to Britain on Sunday urged the UK to contain "domestic political forces" which he said wanted to escalate tension between the two countries amid the capture of a British-flagged tanker in the Gulf by Iran.

"UK government should contain those domestic political forces who want to escalate existing tension between Iran and the UK well beyond the issue of ships. This is quite dangerous and unwise at a sensitive time in the region," Hamid Baeidinejad tweeted.

Baeidinejad added that "Iran however is firm and ready for different scenarios."


Iran said on Sunday that all 23 crew members of the seized British-flagged Stena Impero tanker were "safe and in good health," the head of the Ports and Maritime Organisation of Iran in Hormozgan Province told state TV.

"All the 23 crew members are aboard the ship are safe and in good health in Bandar Abbas port," said Allahmorad Afifipour.

Britain has denounced Iran's seizure of the oil tanker in the Gulf on Friday as a "hostile act," rejecting Tehran's explanation that it had seized the vessel because it had been involved in an accident.

The crew are from India, Latvia, the Philippines and Russia.

Oman urged Iran on Sunday to let the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero, which it seized on Friday, depart.


Oman also called on all parties to exercise restraint and resolve differences diplomatically, state broadcaster Oman TV News said on Sunday.


"The Sultanate (of Oman) calls for not exposing this region to risks impacting freedom of navigation," Oman TV said on Twitter.


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