Iran ignores calls to free British-flagged tanker Jul 21, 2019 0 377 12345 AFPLondonIran ignored mounting European appeals on Saturday to release a British-flagged tanker as London denounced a “dangerous move” and summoned a senior diplomat of the Islamic republic.The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said it seized the Stena Impero on Friday for breaking “international maritime rules” in the Strait of Hormuz, a chokepoint for about a third of the world’s sea-borne oil.The oil tanker was impounded off Bandar Abbas port for allegedly failing to respond to distress calls and turning off its transponder after colliding with a fishing vessel, authorities said, adding an investigation had been launched.It was one of two ships Britain said Iran seized in the Gulf, but the UK owner of the Liberian-flagged Mesdar said it was released after being boarded by armed personnel.In London, the Foreign Office said Saturday it had summoned Iran’s charge d’affaires.British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the seizure of the ship showed “worrying signs Iran may be choosing a dangerous path of illegal and destabilising behaviour”. Germany and France urged Iran to release the tanker”. However, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran’s actions were taken to “uphold” international maritime rules. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES UDC signs QR1.2 bn deals for projects at The Pearl-Qatar Jul 21, 2019 0 1253 Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital begins surgical services Jul 21, 2019 0 863 S Korean PM visits National Museum of Qatar Jul 21, 2019 0 594 QC opens community centre for Syrian refugees in Turkey Qatar Charity (QC) has launched a community centre in Kogali, Turkey, to provide protection to Syrian refugees and Turkish citizens at an estimated cost of $750,000. The facility is expected to benefit over 14,000 .. US to deploy troops to Saudi as Gulf tensions soar Agencies Washington The US has authorised the deployment of military personnel and resources to Saudi Arabia as tensions in the Gulf mount over the US’s standoff with Iran. The Pentagon said in a statement that the move ..