UK joining US-led mission in Strait of Hormuz

UK joining US-led mission in Strait of Hormuz
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Great Britain will reportedly join the U.S.-led mission to police the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz against perceived Iranian aggression. 

Reuters reported Monday that British Defense Minister Ben Wallace told reporters the United Kingdom will work alongside the U.S. and other countries to “find an international solution to the problems in the Strait of Hormuz.”

“The U.K. is determined to ensure her shipping is protected from unlawful threats and for that reason we have today joined the new maritime security mission in the Gulf,” Wallace said.

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Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense — Presented by Huntington Ingalls Industries — Trump at the United Nations | Ukraine controversy, Iran take center stage | Trump denies threatening military aid to Ukraine on call | Senate Dems to force vote on border emergency Democratic senator: Pulling out of nuclear deal 'isolated the United States rather than isolating Iran' Trump: 'I have no intention' of meeting with Iran at UN MORE told reporters Sunday of the plan to police the region, which has become central in the tense standoff between Washington and Tehran. 

Esper had said the U.S. heard “various degrees of commitment” from allies. 

Iran, which runs security in the Strait of Hormuz, said it will no longer tolerate maritime offenses in the region, Reuters reported Monday. 

“Iran used to forgo some maritime offenses in ... [the] Gulf but will never close [its] eyes anymore,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said at a televised news conference. 

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have become increasingly intense after President TrumpDonald John TrumpNYT publisher: US didn't step in to protect reporter from arrest in Egypt so paper turned to Ireland Trump instructed administration to withhold military aid for Ukraine days before call with president: report More Democrats threaten impeachment over Trump's dealings with Ukraine MORE pulled the U.S. from the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal and imposed sanctions on Tehran. 

Since then, the U.S. accused Iran of attacking oil tankers in the Gulf region. 

Iran also reportedly seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz in July, after Britain said it apprehended an Iranian oil tanker off the southern coast of Spain for attempting to transport oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions.