- Apr 2013
- La La Land North
News of the first tanker being seized came out about seven hours ago. Now it is two tankers seized. And no response or comment from the WH or Pentagon yet.
Iran seizes two UK tankers in Strait of HormuzForeign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said he is "extremely concerned" by the seizure of two tankers by Iran.
The Stena Impero is British-flagged and the Mesdar is Liberian-flagged but British owned.
The Stena Impero's owners say they have been unable to contact their vessel, which was "heading north towards Iran".
They say there are 23 personnel on board the British-flagged oil tanker and it was approached by "unidentified small crafts and a helicopter".
The government's emergency committee, Cobra, is meeting in Whitehall later for the second time on Friday to discuss the incident.
Mr Hunt said the seizures were "unacceptable" and the emergency meeting would review what the UK could do to "swiftly secure the release of the two vessels".
"It is essential that freedom of navigation is maintained and that all ships can move safely and freely in the region," he added.