Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt said Iranian tankers detained by Royal Marines near Gibraltar could be released if Britain guarantees that the oil is not destined for Syria.
The tanker seized on 4 July was suspected of breaking EU sanctions
Iran claimed the seizure was "piracy" and Iranian vessels later attempted to obstruct a British tanker, the UK claimed ,
After "constructive" talks with Tehran, Hunt said he had been encouraged that Iran had no desire to escalate the situation.
"I assured him that our concern was the goal and not the origin of the oil," he wrote on Twitter "and that Britain would facilitate the release if we were given guarantees that it would not go to Syria would."
He added that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wanted to solve the problem and this was not looking for an escalation. "
Why was the tanker confiscated?
A team of about 30 British Royal Marines was fleeing to Gibraltar at the request of the Gibraltar government to capture the supertanker and its cargo, the BBC was informed.
The authorities gave reason to believe that the Iranian tanker transported Grace 1
The refinery is subject to sanctions by the European Union against Syria.
Whatever Iran reacted to?
Iran denied that the tanker was destined for Sy ria and threatened to retaliate a British oil tanker
Iranian Foreign Minister Abbas Mousavi called the actions a "form of piracy" and called for the immediate release of the ship and the For his journey. Emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 157 & lang = DE British Ambassador to Teheran, Robert Macaire, has been summoned for "illegal confiscation" of the Iranian nation and government ".
Iran has since reiterated its call for the tanker to be released.
An Iranian official speaking with the state news agency IRNA warned the UK not to engage in "this dangerous game."
What happened next? ?
On July 9, the UK warned British shipping in Iranian waters in the Gulf to be "critical" – at the highest level.
A day later, Iranian boats attempted to obstruct a British oil tanker in the region before they launched warned by a Royal Navy ship, according to the Department of Defense.
Iranian Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) boats approached the British Heritage tanker and attempted i He stopped as he drove out of the Gulf into the Strait of Hormuz.
HMS Montrose, a According to a Defense Department spokesman, the British frigate shadowing BP's tanker had to switch between the three boats and the ship.
Iran denied any attempted seizure attempt, with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif the United Kingdom citing the allegations "to create tension".