Several Iranian boats approached and attempted to impede a British commercial vessel through the Strait of Hormuz, but the Iranian vessels were driven away by a British military ship, a senior U.S. defense official and a British government spokesperson said.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps denied any encounters with foreign vessels within the last 24 hours.
According to the U.K. and U.S. officials, no shots were fired in the incident, which came amid escalating tensions in the region.
“Contrary to international law, three Iranian vessels attempted to impede the passage of a commercial vessel, British Heritage, through the Strait of Hormuz,” according to a statement from a U.K. government spokesperson distributed through that country’s Ministry of Defense press office.
The statement said that the HMS Montrose warship “was forced to position herself between the Iranian vessels and British Heritage and issue verbal warnings to the Iranian vessels,