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Oil tanker seizure raises serious questions about shipping security, says Hunt

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Published on July 20, 2019 - Duration: 00:47s

Oil tanker seizure raises serious questions about shipping security, says Hunt

Jeremy Hunt has said the seizing of a UK-flagged tanker by Iran "raises very serious questions" about the security of British and international shipping in the Strait of Hormuz.

The Foreign Secretary, speaking after a meeting of the Government's emergency committee Cobra, said the vessel was seized in Omani waters in "clear contravention of international law".

He told reporters inside the Foreign and Commonwealth Office that, having spoken to his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, Tehran saw the situation as a "tit for tat" following the detention of Grace 1 in Gibraltar.

"Nothing could be further from the truth," he said.

The Foreign Office earlier summoned the Iranian charge d'affaires, Mohsen Omidzamani, following the incident.

Iran has directly linked the seizure of the vessel with Britain's role in detaining a tanker carrying Iranian oil earlier this month.

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