U.S. demands commercial vessels send Gulf transit plans in advance

The statement comes following a series of vessel seizures by the Iranian forces since May.

Iran's defense chief said on Thursday that the US-proposed coalition, which Washington purports would seek to beef up maritime security in the Strait of Hormuz, will further sow insecurity in the region.

The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, which support USA policy against Iran, have called on the worldwide community to safeguard maritime trade and security of global oil supplies.

In London, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon said yesterday the United Kingdom government is concerned by Iranian threats to disrupt shipping and are working hard to ensure ships are able to move freely and safely.

Tehran and Washington have been locked in a battle of nerves since US President Donald Trump withdrew from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran previous year and reimposed sanctions.

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The move comes amid a spike in tensions in the region.

Finally, Oman's Minister Responsible for Defense Badr bin Saud al Busaidi said in the phone call with Hatami that the regional countries need to join hands in protecting the security of regional waters.

If Iranian forces seek to board a U.S. flag commercial vessel navigating these waters, the ship's Master should, if the safety of the ship and crew would not be compromised, decline permission to board, noting that the vessel is proceeding in accordance with global law, and immediately inform the U.S. Fifth Fleet Battle Watch. "It can't be that the Strait of Hormuz is free for you and the Strait of Gibraltar is not free for us", Mr Rouhani said. The U.S., which has increased its military forces in the region, has blamed Iran for blasts on several tankers near the Strait, a charge Tehran denies.

Katz told the committee that he had instructed Israel's Foreign Ministry to work to include Tel Aviv in the US-led mission after a recent visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy is one of Iran's two maritime military branches alongside the IRGC Navy, it overlaps functions and areas of responsibility with the other navy, but they are distinct in terms of military strategy and equipment. He added that the call explored "maritime security in the region, Yemen and how to deal with the destabilizing actions of the Iranian regime and human rights". The UK, however, later accepted to join the coalition.

  • Sonia Alvarado