Sep 23, 2019

Iran says it will release seized British oil tanker

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard detaining the Stena Impero in July. Photo: Hasan Shirvani/Mizan News Agency/AFP/Getty Images

Iran's government announced Monday that it would release the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which it seized in July, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: The decision ends a 2-month standoff between Tehran and London over detained vessels and maritime law, but Iran still faces increased tensions with its Persian Gulf neighbors and the U.S. and its allies — including the U.K.

Context: The U.K. seized an Iranian oil tanker off the coast on Gibraltar early in July, and Iran reacted by confiscating the Stena Impero and accusing it of violating maritime regulations in the Strait of Hormuz.

The big picture: Tensions still remain between the U.K. and Iran. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson blamed Iran Monday for this month's attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities and did not rule out military intervention against Iran.

  • Johnson also said he would meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at this week's United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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Iran releases British oil tanker after 2-month detention

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Iran released a British oil tanker and its crew on Friday 2 months after it was first detained near the Strait of Hormuz and weeks after Iran's own tanker was released from Gibraltar, reports the Washington Post.

The big picture: International attention has been focused on safety in the Strait of Hormuz, a shipping lane for 20% of the world's oil, that has seen a spate of vessel attacks and seizures as tensions between the West and Iran continue to simmer.

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Iran tests U.S. military messaging at UNGA

Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Istanbul in 2017. Photo: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tells Axios that Americans should ask themselves why U.S. soldiers should risk dying to protect Israeli and Saudi interests, and he thinks President Donald Trump is "determined not to get militarily involved" in Iran — but others in his orbit are trying to "drag him into" it.

The big picture: As leaders gather this week at the United Nations General Assembly, Iran and the U.S. are trying to figure out how to out-maneuver one another in a protracted dispute over the Iran nuclear deal, regional aggression, sanctions and oil sales.

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In an interview with NBC Nightly News airing Monday evening, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his government is "virtually certain" Iran is behind the recent Saudi oil attacks and called for a new Iran nuclear deal brokered by President Trump.

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