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Iran tanker seizure: Radio exchanges reveal Iran-UK confrontation

A recording has emerged of radio exchanges between a Royal Navy frigate and Iranian armed forces vessels, moments before a UK-flagged oil tanker was seized in the Gulf on Friday.In the recording, an Iranian vessel tells HMS Montrose it wants to inspect the Stena Impero for security reasons.Defence minister Tobias Ellwood said sanctions against Iran were among the options being considered in response.But Iran's ambassador to London warned the UK against escalating tensions.Hamid Baeidinejad said in a tweet: "This is quite dangerous and unwise at a sensitive time in the region. Iran however is firm and ready for different scenarios."The UK's foreign secretary has urged Iran to reverse the tanker's "illegal" seizure.Jeremy Hunt said M ...