UK will not escort every British-flagged ship through Strait of Hormuz

Britain does not intend to escort every British-flagged merchant vessel through the Strait of Hormuz, a security source said on Thursday, after a Royal Navy warship had to stop three Iranian vessels from blocking the passage of a BP-operated tanker.

The source added that Britain had raised its ship security level to 3, the highest category, for British-flagged ships in Iranian waters early on Tuesday.

“Level 3 for shipping would be comparable to ‘critical’ and that is where there is a much-heightened risk,” the British source said. “We went to level 3 for Iranian waters at the start of this week.”

The source also added: “We will be resolute in defending UK maritime interests in the Gulf but we have absolutely no interest in escalating the situation with Iran.”

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