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Iran should 'respect international laws': Britain's Foreign Minister

Dominic Raab. Photograph:( AFP )

Reuters London, United Kingdom Jul 29, 2019, 04.05 PM (IST)

Britain on Monday warned Iran that it must follow international rules and release a British-flagged vessel seized by the Islamic Republic in the Gulf.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab rejected the idea that it could release an Iranian tanker in exchange for a British-flagged vessel seized by the Islamic Republic in the Gulf.

Raab also told BBC radio that "this is not about some kind of barter. This is about the international law and the rules of the international legal system being upheld and that is what we will insist on."

Tensions have spiked between Iran and Britain since after Iranian commandos seized a British-flagged tanker earlier this month. That came after British forces captured an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar, accused of violating sanctions on Syria.

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UK Foreign Secretary Raab rejected the idea that it could release an Iranian tanker in exchange for a British-flagged vessel seized by the Islamic Republic in the Gulf.