Jeremy Hunt tells Iran's foreign minister that he is 'extremely disappointed' about tanker hijacking

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Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told Iran's foreign minister he is extremely disappointed after two British oil tankers were hijacked in the Gulf last night.

Mr Hunt revealed he'd had assurances last week from the Iranian foreign minister that Iran wanted to de-escalate tensions

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He tweeted: 'Just spoke to Iranian FM Zarif and expressed extreme disappointment that having assured me last Sat Iran wanted to de-escalate situation they have behaved in the opposite way.

'This has to be about actions not words if we are to find a way through. British shipping must & will be protected.'

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Mr Hunt's comment come after Tehran released footage of the captured tanker docked at a port in southern Iran.

An image released by the Iran Students News Agency (ISNA), which is partially funded by the country's Government, claimed to show the seized Stena Impero anchored at port in in Bandar Abbas.

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At around 11am on Saturday, the ISNA shared the photo on Twitter and said crew members may be summoned for 'technical questioning'.

The seizures are thought to be in retaliation for the detention of the Iranian Grace 1 tanker by UK forces earlier this month.

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The Royal Navy has since deployed frigate HMS Montrose to the Gulf and destroyer HMS Duncan is on her way to join her.

HMS Montrose, which is...
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