UK's Hunt says Iran may be on 'dangerous path' after seizing British-flagged tanker

WION Web Team London Jul 20, 2019, 02.18 PM(IST)

File photo of UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Photograph:( Reuters )

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"Yesterday's action in Gulf shows worrying signs Iran may be choosing a dangerous path of illegal and destabilising behaviour after Gibraltar’s LEGAL detention of oil bound for Syria," Hunt said on Twitter.

British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Saturday that he was worried that Iran had taken a "dangerous path" after it seized a British-flagged tanker Stena Impero  in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday.

"Yesterday's action in Gulf shows worrying signs Iran may be choosing a dangerous path of illegal and destabilising behaviour after Gibraltar’s LEGAL detention of oil bound for Syria," Hunt said on Twitter.

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"As I said yesterday our reaction will be considered but robust. We have been trying to find a way to resolve Grace1 issue but WILL ensure the safety of our shipping."

The British navy seized Iran's Grace 1 tanker in Gibraltar on July 4 on suspicion of smuggling oil to Syria in breach of European Union sanctions as tensions mount in the strategic waterway.

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