Iran claims to have seized British oil tanker in strait of Hormuz

Julian Borger and Patrick Wintour – The Guardian July 19, 2019

The Stena Impero. Click to enlarge

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards claimed on Friday evening to have seized a British oil tanker, the Stena Impero, which suddenly veered off course and headed into Iranian waters.

The ship’s owners issued a statement saying that at 3pm GMT (7pm local time), the ship had been “approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter during transit of the strait of Hormuz while the vessel was in international waters”.

“We are presently unable to contact the vessel which is now heading north towards Iran,” the owners, Stena Bulk, and the ship’s managers, Northern Marine, said.

The seizure of the Stena Impero came on a day when the Gibraltar authorities announced their were extending their custody of the Iranian tanker, the Grace 1, suspected of shipping oil to Syria. Tehran denounced the detention of the Grace 1 as piracy carried out on orders from Washington. Iranian politicians have been calling for reprisals.

The Stena Impero, a 30,000 tonne British-flagged and Swedish-owned ship, had been heading for Saudi Arabia, when it abruptly left the international sea lanes through the strait of Hormuz and tracking data showed it heading north towards the Iranian island of Qeshm, where the Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has a substantial base.

In London, there were reports that the government’s emergency response committee, Cobra, was being convened. The Ministry of Defence stressed it had ships in the area but could not provide any further details of what had happened.

Donald Trump, the US president, said on Friday evening that the US would talk to Britain about the seizure of the British tanker, Reuters reported.

“We are aware of reports that Iranian forces seized a British oil tanker,” the chief spokesman for the US national security council, Garrett Marquis, said in a statement. “This is the second time in just over a week the UK has been the target of escalatory violence by the Iranian regime.”

“The US will continue to work with our allies and partners to defend our security and interests against Iran’s malign behaviour,” Marquis said.

Hours before the Stena Impero was diverted from its course, the authorities in Gibraltar had announced that their would continue to hold the Grace 1, the Iranian tanker seized by Britain’s Royal Marines on 4 July, on suspicion of shipping oil to Syria, in violation of an EU embargo.

On Friday, Tehran denied Trump’s claim that US forces had downed a Iranian drone over the Gulf. Iran’s top military spokesman said all drones had returned safely to base, but Trump was adamant.

“No doubt about it … we shot it down,” the US president said.

The latest drone incident was first revealed by Trump, who said that USS Boxer took defensive action after the unmanned vehicle came within 1,000 yards of the warship and ignored multiple calls to stand down.

“The drone was immediately destroyed,” Trump said, adding that unmanned aircraft had threatened the safety of the American ship and its crew. He called on other countries to condemn Iran and protect their own ships.

The prospect of negotiations that might defuse the standoff appeared more distant than ever on Friday as a senior US administration official dismissed a nuclear offer proposed the previous date by Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, during a visit to New York. The official suggested the offer was not serious and called for “an actual decision maker” to enter talks to “end Iran’s malign nuclear ambitions”.

 

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2 responses to “Iran claims to have seized British oil tanker in strait of Hormuz”

  1. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards claimed on Friday evening to have seized a British oil tanker, the Steina Imperio, which suddenly veered off course and headed into Iranian waters as if irresistibly lured by the haunting calls of the Persian Master Duck Callers.

    Hours before the Stinko Imperio was diverted from its gulf course, the pirates in Gibraltar had announced that they would continue to hold the Grace 1, the Iranian tanker seized by Britain’s Royal Pirates on July 4th, on suspicion of shipping oil to Syria, as if shipping oil to Syria was some kind of crime…

    In London, there were reports that the government’s emergency bullshit committee, Cobra, was being convened. The Ministry of Strategic Bullshit stressed it had sitting ducks in the area but would not provide any further details of what had happened because it was too embarrassing and they needed more time to come up with a quasi-believable bullshit story to appease the masses of bullshit worshiping tele-tubbies parked in front of their boob tubes.

    “We are aware of reports that Iranian forces seized a British oil tanker,” the chief spookesman for the US national senility council, Garrett Marquis de Sade, said in a statement. “This is the second time in just over a week the UK regime has been ridiculed by the Persian Master Duck Callers. “The US will continue to plot false-flags with our all-lies and partners in crime, in order to terrorize Iran into submission to the Almighty US Petri-Dollar!” Marquis de Sade said.

    On Friday, Tehran denied Grump’s claim that US farces had downed an Iranian duck over the Gulf. Iran’s top military duck whisperer said all ducks had returned safely to their nests, but Tramp kept on lying as usual.

    “No doubt about it … we shot it down,” the US president said. What President Bullshit did not say was that the downed duck was likely one of their own silly ducks…

    The Persian Master Duck Callers continue to lure unsuspecting sitting ducks to the Gulf of Omen. http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=191828#comment-935008

  2. (DISASSOCIATED PRESS) – Ambiguous pirate ship, USS Hoaxer (LSD-4) has
    allegedly shot down an Iranian duck that U.S. errorists say threatened the amphibious ship as it was doing its routine threatening of Iran from the Persian Gulf on Thursday.

    At about 10 a.m. local time, the USS Hoaxer was meandering around the crooked Strait of Hormuz when a vicious Iranian flexible-wing mallard duck approached the pirate ship, a petrified US official told USNGI News (US Navel Gazing Institute News).

    The crew of the ship took “defensive action against the highly threatening unmanned aerial duck attack to ensure the safety of the ship and the crew,” the visibly shaken official stuttered.

    The emotionally perturbed official would not detail the method in which the USS Hôxer downed the duck. The ship is armed with DUM-1 Sea Vulture short-range anti-duck missiles, the DUMR1-911 Depleted Uranium Boiling Airframe Missile (BAM) and the SUCKSNET Phallus LGBTQ point offense weapons systems.

    The invading anglo-american terrorists want everyone to know that “they have begun to field a wide variety of non-kinetic systems capable of downing a duck by other means.” Apparently, they do not want anyone to know about the use of such Directed Energy Weapons to blow up houses, buses, cars, whole towns, while they set forest fires all around places like Santa Rosa and Paradise California…

    News of the intercept first came from a press event at the White House in which President Donald Duck told goofy reporters of the downing of the vicious Iranian attack duck.

    “This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions against vessels operating in
    international waters,” Grump told fake reporters in the White Sepulcher House on Thursday afternoon.

    The USS Hoxer has been operating under U.S. Terrorist Central Command since mid-June with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Terror Unit and two other ambiguous pirate ships.

    In addition to the USS Hoxer, the Abraham Lincoln Continental Carrier Pigeon Group has been patrolling in the Gulf of Omen and the North Arabian Sea since mid-May.

    The presence of large, vicious and scary flexible-wing Iranian attack ducks near the Persian Gulf is not new, with carriers and their U.S. warships rotating through the region having interactions with them in recent years. However, the ducks typically keep their distance, making sure the U.S. ships see them but not coming close enough to where ships have had to shoot them down.

    US Errorists may have shot down one of their own ducks in Persian Gulf, Iran says of Chief Sitting Duck’s claim
    http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=191836#comment-935009

    The Persian Master Duck Callers continue to lure unsuspecting sitting ducks to the Gulf of Omen.
    http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=191828#comment-935008

    “We are aware of reports that Iranian forces seized a British oil tanker,” the chief spookesman for the US national senility council, Garrett Marquis de Sade, said in a statement. “This is the second time in just over a week the UK regime has been ridiculed by the Persian Master Duck Callers. “The US will continue to plot false-flags with our all-lies and partners in crime, in order to terrorize Iran into submission to the Almighty US Petri-Dollar!” Marquis de Sade said.

    USS Hoaxer Downs Iranian Attack Duck in ‘Defensive Action’
    http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=191787
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