Iran responded by warning the UK to refrain from any “dangerous and unwise” moves against the Islamic republic.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce on Sunday diplomatic and economic measures, including potential asset freezes, as a response to the incident, according to a report in the London Daily Telegraph.
Britain could push for United Nations and E.U. sanctions to be reimposed on Iran after they had been lifted in 2016 following the JCPOA deal negotiated by former U.S. President Barack Obama on Iran’s nuclear program, the newspaper reported.
Britain has denounced Iran’s Friday seizure of the oil tanker as a “hostile act”, rejecting Tehran’s explanation that it had seized the vessel because it had been involved in an accident.