July 19, 2019 / 8:56 PM / a year ago

Iranian news agency says British-operated Mesdar tanker has not been seized

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have not captured the British-operated, Liberian-flagged ship Mesdar in the Gulf, Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, quoting regional military sources.

“Despite reports, the ship has not been seized ... and was allowed to continue its course after being warned about safety issues by Iranian forces,” the report said.

Iran said earlier it had seized another tanker, the British-flagged Stena Impero.

Britain’s foreign minister said two vessels had been seized and described the capture of both as unacceptable.

Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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