Britain on Saturday urged Iran to de-escalate tensions in the Gulf by releasing a UK-flagged ship it said had been illegally seized in Omani waters in an “utterly unacceptable” gambit.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Saturday that Tehran’s seizure of a UK-flagged oil tanker showed “worrying signs Iran may be choosing a dangerous path of illegal and destabilising behaviour”.
Tehran’s top diplomat, Mohammad Javad Zarif, told reporters Thursday he had “no information about losing a drone today.”
In a fortnight of tense diplomatic stand-off between Iran and the UK, the latter appears to be making good on earlier promise that escalation of hostilities was not on the table.
European foreign ministers held crisis talks Monday on saving the beleaguered Iran nuclear deal as Britain warned the “small window” for success was closing and Tehran issued fresh threats of restarting its atomic programme.