Iran says it has seized British oil tanker

ABC News | 7/19/2019 | Staff
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The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S and Iran (all times local):

11:30 p.m.

UK - Chamber - Shipping - CEO - Bob

UK Chamber of Shipping CEO Bob Sanguinetti says the seizure of a British oil tanker by Iranian forces represents an escalation in tensions in the Persian Gulf that makes it clear more protection for merchant vessels is urgently needed.

He said Friday the action is "in violation of international regulations which protect ships and their crews as they go about their legitimate business in international waters."

Government - Return - Ship - Crew

He called on the British government to do "whatever is necessary" to ensure the safe and swift return of the ship's crew.

11:15 p.m.

White - House - President - Donald - Trump

The White House says President Donald Trump has spoken on the phone with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss Iran and ongoing efforts to ensure that Tehran does not obtain a nuclear weapon.

Their phone call Friday came just as Iran's Revolutionary Guard was announcing that it had seized a British oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz.

Thursday - USS - Boxer - Drone - Strait

On Thursday, the USS Boxer downed an Iranian drone in the strait. Last month, Iran shot down an American military drone.

Macron has taken a lead role in trying to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which has been unraveling since Trump pulled the U.S. out of the agreement. Macron recently sent a top diplomatic adviser to Tehran help quell escalating tension in the Persian Gulf.

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11:05 p.m.

The operator of oil tanker Stena Impero says it is unable to contact the ship after it was approached by unidentified vessels and a helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz.

Northern - Marine - Management - Stena - Bulk

Northern Marine Management and shipping firm Stena Bulk say in a statement that the vessel was in international waters and is now heading toward Iran. The ship has 23 crew aboard.

The British government says it is urgently seeking information after reports Iran has seized the British-flagged ship.

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10:50 p.m.

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