Britain mulls sanctions on Iran in response to tanker seizure

Sunday, 21 July 2019

British ministers are making plans aimed at targeting Iran with sanctions in the aftermath of the Iranian seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf, Reuters reported citing a Daily Telegraph report.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce on Sunday diplomatic and economic measures, including potential asset freezes, as a response to the incident, according to the report.

Britain could push for United Nations and European Union sanctions to be reimposed on Iran after they had been lifted in 2016 following a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme, the report added.

Meanwhile on Saturday, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards posted a video online showing speedboats pulling alongside the Stena Impero tanker, a British-flagged oil tanker. Troops wearing ski masks and carrying machine guns rappelled to its deck from a helicopter, the same tactics used by British Royal Marines to seize an Iranian tanker off the coast of Gibraltar two weeks ago.