LONDON — Iran said Friday that it had seized a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, and the tanker’s owner said it had lost contact with the vessel as it appeared to be heading toward Iran. The British government said it was urgently seeking information about the incident.
The possible seizure of the ship, the Stena Impero, in the Strait of Hormuz, was the latest in three months of escalating tensions between Iran and the West. It came a day after the United States claimed it had downed an Iranian drone in the area, which the Iranians denied.
Britain and Iran have been embroiled in a dispute for the past few weeks over Britain’s seizure of an Iranian tanker near Gibraltar. Iran had vowed to retaliate.
Iran’s Fars News Agency said the Stena Impero had been impounded because it was “violating maritime rules and regulations.”