Different boats of the Iran's revolutionary guard this Wednesday they tried in vain to intercept a British tanker who was crossing the Strait of Ormuz, according to US officials quoted by local media.
The British ship British heritage He left the Persian Gulf and sailed through the Strait of Hormuz when five Iranian boats approached him and ordered him to head for the waters of Tehran, according to the American version of the facts.
However, the Iranians stopped when the frigate HMS Montrose, belonging to the British Royal Navy and accompanying the cargo ship from a distance, pointed to the boats and ordered them to retreat.
No shots were fired during the incident.
According to the CNN, the series was recorded by an American aircraft. who flew over the area, although the alleged video was not revealed.
A spokesperson US Central Command, the captain Bull Urban, confirmed in a statement that Washington "is aware of the information" about the incident.
If this is confirmed, this new incident will be added to the events that have taken place in recent weeks in the area and which have escalated the tensions between Washington and Tehran.
Iran hit an a on June 20 dr of the US Navy when, according to Tehran, it entered its airspace for surveillance duties, but according to the Pentagon, the device was on a reconnaissance mission across international waters.
The president of the United States, Donald TrumpHe ordered an attack on Iran in response to the demolition of the drone, although he suspended it at the last minute because of the large number of victims he said it would cause.
Days before, the United States had already blamed Iran for attacks on two tankers – one Japanese and one Norwegian – who carried 44 people on board and suffered explosions when they left the Strait of Hormuz.
In the meantime, Tehran has denied any involvement in the attacks.
The Navy of the Iranian Revolution Guardians denied having attempted to obstruct the passage of the oil tanker, as claimed by the United Kingdom and the United States.
"There have been no unexpected encounters with foreign ships, including British ships, in the last 24 hours," the military military corps said in a statement.
These incidents have further increased tensions between the United States. and Iran, a relationship that has deteriorated since Trump decided to withdraw his country from the nuclear agreement with Iran and the European powers in May 2018.
A decision coupled with the resumption of sanctions against the Islamic Republic was lifted under the Pact and was reinforced last May with the aim of exempting other countries for the purchase of Iranian crude oil.