Following the seizure of the Stena Impero oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, the British government is reviewing a "set of options" against Iran. Defense Secretary Tobias Ellwood told news anchor Sky News. Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt announced Monday that he would announce what action London was taking against Tehran. At the same time, he emphasized that Britain is seeking a de-escalation of the situation. This was also shown by the deliberations of the crisis team during the weekend. Nevertheless, it is clear that the tanker was stopped in violation of international law in the waters of Oman.
Hunt has always rejected military action, but he threatened "serious consequences" with the United States. The British foreign minister was disappointed by a telephone conversation with his Iranian colleague Mohammed Jawad Sarif. "Nothing could be further from the truth," Hunt said after the conversation.
According to a report by the Daily Telegraph , the British government is considering diplomatic and economic sanctions. This includes the freezing of assets. Britain could therefore press for sanctions to be imposed again on the sanctions of the United Nations and the European Union against Iran, which were repealed under the Atomic Energy Agreement.
Iran publishes video of the incident
Iran had set British flagship oil tanker Stena Impero on Friday. British media released audio recordings of the incident. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards, for their part, released a video intended to show seizure. You can see several smaller boats and a helicopter approaching the tanker. From the helicopter roped off masked men.
The London government called on British ships to avoid the Strait of Hormuz and surrounding waters. The Strait of the Gulf of Oman is one of the most important sea routes in the world. Much of the global oil export is shipped through this bottleneck.