Iranian boats attempted to seize British tanker in the Gulf: US official

Iranian boats loaded with smuggled goods cruise through the Strait of Hormuz near Oman's Khasab port on July 14, 2012. (Illustrative photo: AFP)

Five boats believed to belong to Iranian Revolutionary Guards approached a British oil tanker in the Gulf on Wednesday and asked it to stop in Iranian waters close by, but withdrew after a British warship warned them over radio, a US defense official said.

Britain said that three Iranian vessels unsuccessfully tried to impede the passage of a British commercial vessel through the Strait of Hormuz.

The British government said in a statement Thursday that the Iranian vessels only turned away after receiving “verbal warnings” from a UK navy vessel accompanying the commercial vessel British Heritage.

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