Moscow, July 11 – AIF-Moscow.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif denied media reports that Iranian ships were trying to detain a British tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, reports Fars.
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According to the minister, the statements that the Iranian ships were going to detain the British ship are worthless. According to Zarif, these messages are aimed at escalating tensions.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) also stated that over the past 24 hours, the Navy's IRGC patrols did not interact with any foreign ships, including British ones.
Earlier, CNN, citing sources in the US administration, reported that five boats, which may belong to the IRGC, tried to stop a British tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. The British Heritage ship sailed from the Persian Gulf when five small ships approached it. They demanded that the British tanker stop in the territorial waters of Iran. The frigate of the Royal Navy of Great Britain, accompanying the tanker, in response demanded that the Iranian navy miss the vessel.
On July 10, Washington announced that it was going to introduce new sanctions against Tehran. After that, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the country would negotiate with the United States after Washington lifted the sanctions and apologized to the Iranian people. In response, American leader Donald Trump promised to significantly tighten restrictive measures against Iran.
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