Multiple Iranian gunships attempted to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf Wednesday; prompting a fierce response from the Royal Navy to thwart the potential attack.
“The British warship was said to have been less than 5 miles behind the tanker but soon intercepted the Iranian boats and threatened to open fire. A manned U.S. reconnaissance aircraft was above as well, the official said, adding that Iranian forces left without opening fire,” adds Fox.
“Threats to international freedom of navigation require an international solution. The world economy depends on the free flow of commerce, and it is incumbent on all nations to protect and preserve this lynchpin of global prosperity,” said US Navy Captain Bill Urban.
The provocation comes days after President Trump issued a series of new sanctions on Iran’s top leadership.
“Today’s action follows a series of aggressive behaviors by the Iranian regime in recent weeks including shooting down a U.S. drone,” said the President inside the Oval Office, adding Khamenei is “responsible for the hostile conduct of the regime.”
“Trump said the sanctions ‘will deny the supreme leader and the supreme leader’s office and those closely affiliated with him and the office access to key financial resources and support.’ Speaking to reporters in the White House briefing room Monday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the sanctions ‘lock up literally billions of dollars more of assets,’” reports Fox News.
“Along with that action today, we are also announcing specific actions targeting those responsible for recent activities,” Mnuchin added.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.