The Pentagon said Thursday it was discussing military escorts for ships in the Gulf, one day after Iranian ships had allegedly attempted to block a British oil tanker near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Chiefs of Defense, said that Washington has been trying to form a coalition "to defend the military escort and navy to merchant shipping "" In the next few weeks, "Milley told the Senate Armed Forces Committee.
Previously, the Fifth US Fleet said it would work closely with the British Royal Navy and regional and global partners to defend shipping freedom in the region.
] "The United States Fifth Fleet is aware of the illegal harassment by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy and is trying to disrupt the passage of the British flagship British Heritage merchant ship on July 1
A spokesman for the Central Command of the US military said that threats to shipping required an international solution.  On Tuesday, Navy called for an international solution to General Joseph Dunford, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the US is seeking to include allies in a military coalition to protect the strategic waters off Iran and Yemen.
British ships on high alert.
A British security source had already left London earlier this week The threat alert for British ships in Iran raised to the highest possible level.
Three Iranian ships attempted to block the oil tanker, which blocked the oil tanker Crossing straits that control the flow of one-fifth of the world's oil, however, they retreated "We are concerned about this action and continue to urge the Iranian authorities to de-escalate the situation in the region," a statement by the United States said The Iran Revolutionary Revolutionary Guard (ICRG) denied the blockade of the British tanker, which was on its way to Syria a week after the capture of an Iranian tanker off Gibraltar by Britain.
Since then, Iranian officials have been cited Tehran could take revenge on British shipping.
Earlier, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed the allegation that Tehran was trying to block the ship as "worthless."
The US throws Iran a series of attacks on shipping in the world before major oilers since mid-May, Tehran's allegations are rejected.
The enemy had come as close as never before to military conflict last month, when Iran launched a US surveillance drone and Trump ordered the counter-air strikes just to cut them off minutes before the impact.
Iranian ship's captain arrested
Meanwhile, police reported on British Gibraltar territory on Thursday that they had arrested the Captain and Chief Officer of the accused Grace 1 supertanker A senior Iranian military commander said on Thursday that Britain and the US would regret having arrested the ship.
Al Jazeera's Zein Basravi reported from Tehran That the arrest of senior officers of the Grace 1 tanker will further aggravate tensions.
"Many high-ranking Iranian leaders say the British measures were taken at the behest of the US," Basravi said.
"The Iranians are angry That the tanker was seized with 2 million barrels of crude oil will be hard for Iran as it seeks to sell its oil in the face of unilateral US sanctions."
The tensions have been tending since The hull administration has terminated an agreement last year between Iran and the world powers to contain the Tehran nuclear program and imposed new sanctions.
Washington has sharply tightened its sanctions on Iran since May to bring its oil exports to zero. Iran responded by increasing the production of enriched uranium in the nuclear agreement beyond its borders.
Trump said he does not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons, but Tehran said its nuclear activity is within the 2015 nuclear agreement.  The European nations that also signed the agreement disagree with Trump's decision to terminate the groundbreaking agreement, but urged Tehran not to cross the nuclear enrichment frontier.
US sanctions have effectively expelled the Islamic Republic from the mainstream oil market. deprives it of its main source of income and the benefits it should derive from its nuclear deal.
Iran states that it will only fully comply with the agreement if sanctions are lifted and Washington accedes to the pact.