Kathmandu, July 20(Nepal Niti)-The government of The UK has said it is deeply concerned over Iran’s unacceptable seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the Gulf. The Stena Impero’s owners say they have been unable to contact the ship, which was seized in the Strait of Hormuz. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned of serious consequences if the situation is not resolved quickly. Iran said the ship was violating international maritime rules.
The Stena Impero was seized on Friday by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. Stena Bulk said it was in full compliance with all navigation and international regulations and was approached while it was in international waters. Mr. Hunt said the tanker had been surrounded by four vessels and a helicopter and was heading into Iranian waters. There were no reported injuries of the crew members