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Britain Mulls Sanctions in Response to Iran Tanker Seizure


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Sun, 21 Jul 2019 01:48 GMT

British ministers are considering plans that would target Iran with sanctions in the aftermath of the Iranian seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf, Reuters reported .

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce diplomatic and economic measures on Sunday July 21st, including potential asset freezes, in response to the incident.

Britain could push for United Nations and European Union sanctions to be reimposed on Iran after they had been lifted in 2016 following a deal on Iran's nuclear programme.

"The ship was exercising the lawful right of transit passage in an international strait as provided for under international law," Britain's UN mission wrote to the Security Council. "International law requires that the right of transit passage shall not be impeded, and therefore the Iranian action constitutes illegal interference."

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