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

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

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

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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"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.