Published: Tue, July 30, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Britain to Iran: "come out of the dark"

Britain to Iran:

This latest video and audio comes just days after the United Kingdom dispatched an additional warship to the region to accompany British-flagged ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz.

Tehran is furious with Britain and European powers for failing to protect it from renewed sanctions imposed by the United States after Washington withdrew from a nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers.

Britain has rejected a possible exchange of oil tankers with Iran, a decision likely to make it more hard for London to muster EU support for an European naval coalition to protect shipping in the Gulf.

Iran today released video footage and audio that showed that Montrose was unable to stop the capture of Stena Impero.

Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi told state-owned Press TV on Monday that negotiations "can be held when we have a certain agenda in place and when we could get some tangible and practical results out of it".

Iran's Revolutionary Guard detained the Stena Impero this month and is still holding the ship.

Now there is potential overspill as Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) reports that one of its soldiers was killed in clashes on July 26 with a number of "anti-revolutionaries" near the western border with Iraq, thought to be Kurdish rebels.

But the incident ended when the British warship, HMS Montrose, which was acting as an escort for the tanker, pointed its guns at the Iranian boats as a warning, forcing them to back off, CNN said. Don't put your life in danger. "You are ordered do not to interference in my operation".

'This is British warship foxtrot two three six. "I am in the vicinity of an internationally recognised strait with a merchant vessel in my vicinity conducting transit passage", a voice with a British accent replies.

Last week, the U.S. Navy said one or two Iranian drones were destroyed when they came within 1,000 yards (915 meters) of the USS Boxer in the Strait of Hormuz.

Raab said that Iran must respect global law and said Britain would not "barter" with Tehran.

The company said on Saturday: "Stena Bulk and Northern Marine Management continue to work closely with the authorities to secure the release of the Stena Impero and its 23 crew members".

"There is no quid pro quo, this is not about some kind of barter".

He said Iran guarantees the security of the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, and insisted its action were to "uphold worldwide maritime rules".

Tehran denies any involvement in the attacks, but they have soundly been blamed by the US.

But the then foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said it was seized in Omani waters in "clear contravention of worldwide law" and then forced to sail into Iran.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani suggested this week that Iran might release the British-flagged ship if Britain takes similar steps to release the Iranian oil tanker.

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