Armed Iranian boats tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf according to US officials with direct knowledge of the incident.
The British Heritage tanker was sailing out of the Persian Gulf and was crossing into the Strait of Hormuz when it was approached by boats from the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
The Iranians ordered the tanker to change course and stop in nearby Iranian territorial waters, according to officials as a US aircraft was overhead and recorded video of the incident.
The British Ministry of Defense said that it appeared the Iranian vessels were trying to divert the Heritage from international to Iranian waters.
But then a British battleship, the UK’s Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose who had been escorting the tanker from the rear, trained its deck guns on the Iranians and gave them a verbal warning to stand down and back away.
Then the Iranian boats backed off and went on their way.
The incident comes just one day after the Pentagon announced their interest in forming an international coalition to protect sea transport in and around Iran’s coastline.
Last week, the UK seized a Iranian oil tanker off the coast of Gibraltar following accusations that they were violating sanctions by transporting oil to Syria.
It was then that Iran’s armed forces chief of staff, Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps military commander Major General Mohammad Bagheri said that the “aggression” wouldn’t go “unanswered.”
The UK has raised the threat to British shipping in Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf to the highest level – where the risk of attack is “critical”.
Iran continues it’s aggressive nature (Ezekiel 38:5, Daniel 10:13) in actions across the Mideast raising tensions and the potential for conflict.
The Biblical prophecies (Matthew 24, Luke 21) foretell that wars and rumors of wars will be signs indicating the nearing end of the age.
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