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Release of Iranian Tanker Creates New Uncertainties about Persian Gulf Tensions

It was reported on Monday that a tanker laden with Iranian oil, which was ordered released by authorities in Gibraltar last week, was apparently on its way to a port in Greece. On July 4, the Grace 1 was seized by British Royal Marines after entering the Mediterranean Sea, marking a notable escalation in tensions between Iran and the West. Roughly two weeks later, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized a British-flagged vessel in retaliation while demanding the release of the Grace 1.

Iran: British Government Sends Further Reinforcements to Gulf to Guarantee Safety

Iran: British Government Sends Further Reinforcements to Gulf to Guarantee Safety

By INU Staff

INU - Following the arrival of a second British warship in the Gulf, the United Kingdom is set to send further military personnel, faced with the crisis over Iran’s recent seizure of a British tanker.

It has been reported that the Royal Navy's HMS Duncan will be stationed to ensure the safe passage of British vessels through the Strait of Hormuz. The passageway is of vital importance to world trade. Approximately one fifth of all global crude oil passes through the Strait.

Hook: Iran Must Deescalate Situation in Middle East

US special envoy Brian Hook: Iran Must Deescalate Situation in Middle East

By INU Staff

INU - The US special representative for Iran called on all nations on Sunday to "use their diplomatic effort to urge Iran to de-escalate and meet diplomacy with diplomacy" at a time of rising tensions between American and Iran.

US special envoy Brian Hook said: "We are not interested in... military conflict against Iran, we have enhanced our forces' postures in the region for purely defensive purposes."

International Response Following Iran Attacks in the Gulf

International Response Following Iran Attacks in the Gulf

By INU Staff

INU - Last week, two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman were attacked. The United States, very soon afterwards, said that it was clear Iran was behind the attacks. Iran, of course, denied playing any part in it.

There are major concerns that this is going to spark a war – something that the region does not need considering all the recent bloodshed. The Trump administration is also claiming that it does not want there to be a war, but admits that it cannot just ignore Iran’s actions.

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