Tag: Strait of Hormuz
The Stena Impero is expected to be released within a few days says Swedish broadcasters SVT.
The final destination of the supertanker and its 2.1 million barrels of oil remains unclear with Greek authorities yet to confirm that it is expected to dock there.
China has traditionally played a small role in Middle East conflicts or diplomacy despite its reliance on regional oil but has increased its profile under President Xi Jinping.
A British security source says the focus of the new mission would be protecting the security of shipping, and that Britain would not be joining US sanctions against Iran.
The latest incident comes as US President Donald Trump insisted on Friday that the military had downed an Iranian drone.
It is the first US military engagement with Iran following a series of increasingly serious incidents.
Tensions between Iran and Britain escalates as the latter claims the former's vessels tried to block a tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi says any disruption to oil exports through the Strait of Hormuz will be a 'major obstacle' for his country's economy which has too few oil export outlets.
The drone shooting adds to growing tensions as Tehran pushes back against surging US diplomatic, economic and military pressure.
'It is the assessment of the United States that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks,' Pompeo says.
The United States has ratchet up sanctions on Iran, saying it wants to reduce its oil exports to zero.
Iran has in the past repeatedly threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz - which is used by its Gulf rivals including Saudi Arabia - when faced with sanctions on its oil exports and possible military action by the US.
The US military confirmed it has seen an increase in Iranian activity, including in the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway for oil shipments that Iran's Revolutionary Guards have threatened to block.