July 18, 2019 / 11:18 AM / a month ago

UK government seeking further information on seized foreign tanker reports: spokeswoman

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is seeking further information on reports Iran has seized a foreign tanker in the Gulf, the government said on Thursday, urging the Iranian authorities to de-escalate tensions.

Iranian state television quoted Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as saying a tanker smuggling fuel had been seized.

“We’re seeking further information following reports of a tanker seized in the Gulf. We continue to urge the Iranian authorities to de-escalate the situation in the region,” a government spokeswoman said.

“We are continuously monitoring the security situation there and are committed to maintaining freedom of navigation, in accordance with international law.”

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; editing by William James

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