Iran-UK radio exchange disclosed
An exchange between a Royal Navy warship and Iranian armed forces vessels has come out moments before a UK-flagged oil tanker was seized in the Gulf on Friday.
According to the recording, an Iranian vessel tells HMS Montrose it wants to observe the Stena Impero for security.
In response, Philip Hammond, the chancellor, said “every possible diplomatic route” would be explored by the government.
But Iran’s ambassador to London warned the UK against escalating tensions.
Hamid Baeidinejad said in a tweet: “This is quite dangerous and unwise at a sensitive time in the region. Iran, however, is firm and ready for different scenarios.”
The UK’s foreign secretary has insisted Iran to turn over the tanker’s “illegal” seizure.
MPs would be updated on Monday about what “further measures” the government would take said Jeremy Hunt