Iran's Rouhani hints at possible swap for seized tankers

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Some two weeks later, Iran seized the British-flagged Stena Impero in the strategically important Strait of Hormuz, claiming that it had collided with a fishing ship and violated global law.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt this week announced plans to develop and deploy a "maritime protection mission" but gave few details.

Erik Hanell, president and ceo of Stena Bulk said: "We do of course appreciate this step of development and that this is a first sign that we will soon see more positive progress from the Iranian authorities". The ship's master said "that everyone was safe with good cooperation with the Iranian personnel onboard".

Tensions in the Gulf region are high, with fears of a military confrontation between the U.S. and IRan.

Boris Johnson was named as the next Prime Minister of Britain today.

She added: "It's not too long ago that a British citizen had their sentence toughened because of Boris Johnson's loose tongue".

The proposed new maritime protection mission "will not be part of the U.S. maximum pressure policy on Iran because we remain committed to preserving the Iran nuclear agreement", he said.

Responding to a question from the Labour leader, Boris Johnson said Mr Corbyn wanted to "put up taxes", including on people's gardens, and could not be trusted on Iran.

The incident came days after an Iranian oil supertanker, Grace 1, was seized off the Spanish coast earlier this month by British marines and Gibraltar police.

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In May, the USA ended waivers that had allowed some countries, including China, to keep buying some Iranian crude. On Monday, Iran's intelligence ministry acknowledged it had broken up a stare ring linked to the CIA last month .

"Starting a conflict is easy, ending it would be impossible", Zarif told reporters after meeting his Nicaraguan counterpart.

Chatham House's Sanam Vakil told Newsweek: "I think that Johnson can leverage those differences if he wants to".

The current US-Iran tensions stem from Trump's move past year to pull the US from a landmark nuclear accord signed between Iran and world powers in 2015.

The remarks by Salami came as a reaction to the USA claims on Tuesday that the US forces took action against a second Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz last week. Not only must he try to de-escalate tensions with Tehran, while smoothing ties with Washington and key European Union allies, he must do this when his grip on power is precarious, which - with Brexit challenges mounting - could yet trigger a general election. But Britain was plunged directly into the crisis on 4 July when it seized an Iranian tanker off Gibraltar accused of violating sanctions on Syria.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has praised Iran's Revolutionary Guard for the seizure in the Strait of Hormuz, saying they were "brave" and acted in a "professional" manner.

"Who repeatedly sides with the mullahs of Tehran rather than our friends in the United States over what is happening in the Persian Gulf". But it has made a point in recent weeks of saying it can not protect shipping on its own. After the latest intensification of United States sanctions in May, Iran-linked proxies have launched attacks on at least four tankers as well as a Saudi pipeline and various American facilities in Iraq.

The setting for this geopolitical showdown is one of the most important in the world, the Strait of Hormuz where one-fifth of the world's crude oil passes through each year.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt termed the seizure as "completely unacceptable" and stressed that "freedom of navigation must be maintained". "British Trump", read the banner of reformist Sazandegi, over a full-page picture of Johnson celebrating his win. The Ministry of Intelligence said the 17 spies had been arrested in the 12 months to March 2019.

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