Iran’s seizure of its Stena Impero oil tanker was in Omani waters in the Strait of Hormuz, in “clear contravention of international law,” British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said. He earlier warned of “serious consequences” if Iran doesn’t resolve the crisis. Iran released video Saturday of its helicopter-borne Revolutionary Guards rappelling onto the ship Friday. On July 4, Royal Marines captured an Iranian tanker for allegedly shipping oil to sanctioned Syria. Meanwhile, British shipping, which Hunt said “will be protected,” has been warned away from the strait.
Could this mean war? A U.S. intelligence official said Iran’s not looking for a fight, while U.K. officials say they’re pursuing a diplomatic solution.