The vessel was impounded with its 23 crew members aboard at the port of Bandar Abbas after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized it in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday.
Britain on Saturday denounced Iran's seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf as a "hostile act" and rejected Tehran's explanation that it seized the vessel because it had been involved in an accident.
London wants to de-escalate tensions with Tehran, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Saturday following a meeting of the UK’s emergencies committee over Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged ship in the Gulf.
A Saudi Ministry of Defence official said that the move is based on joint cooperation between the two countries, and that it seeks to "strengthen regional security and stability" and to "preserve peace".
A new umbrella group representing various insurgent outfits operating in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province bordering Iran claimed responsibility for the attack on Thursday, when 14 passengers were killed after being kidnapped from buses on southwestern Pakistan.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has described Tehran’s threat to resume nuclear work − in what would be a contravention of its commitments under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal − as a “bad reaction,” calling on Tehran to show “political maturity.” “Iran has had a bad reaction, faced with a bad US decision to withdraw from the Vienna agreements and impose sanctions,” Le Drian said in an interview published online by Le Parisien, referring to the 2015 deal signed in Vienna.
President Donald Trump on Friday said it is a “good thing” if Iran is confused by US policy. In a tweet, Trump lambasted the media for what he said was its “fraudulent and highly inaccurate coverage of Iran.” But in his view, the coverage had one positive effect.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to visit Brussels on Monday to discuss “pressing matters” including Iran, a State Department official said on Sunday. As a result, the top US diplomat is scrapping a stop expected on Monday in Moscow.
When US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat down with Iraqi officials in Baghdad last week as tensions mounted between America and Iran, he delivered a nuanced message: If you’re not going to stand with us, stand aside.
Commercial airliners flying over the Arabian Gulf risk being targeted by “miscalculation or misidentification”from the Iranian military amid heightened tensions between Iran and the US, American diplomats warned on Saturday, even as both Washington and Tehran say they don’t seek war.