UK Reportedly Sending Second Warship to Gulf as Iranian Tensions Simmer

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The news comes just a day after Iran had allegedly attempted to seize another British tanker in the Persian Gulf on Wednesday, reports on Thursday said, citing two officials familiar with the incident.

The UK has vowed to increase is military presence in the Persian Gulf by sending a second warship to the tense region, Sky news reported on Friday.

The HMS Duncan, a Type 45 destroyer, will work alsongside the Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose and US Gulf allies, but will not take part in Washington’s proposed global maritime coalition.

The news comes after outgoing UK prime minister Theresa May began talks with US authorities on beefing up a transatlantic presence in the Persian Gulf following alleged attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

But the Ministry of Defence (MoD) refused to comment on decision, Sky News reported, but said it understood that the HMS Duncan would be accompanied by four mine hunting vessels stationed in the region, as well as a Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship.

Tensions Rise in the Persian Gulf

Tensions between Tehran and London have skyrocketed after the UK Royal Navy had also worked with Gibraltarian authorities last week to seize Iran’s Grace 1 supertanker, which was smuggling 2.1m barrels of crude oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions, according to UK authorities.

Senior Iranian cleric Kazem Sedighi slammed the move as a “dangerous game” that had “consequences” and threatened that London…

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