The United Kingdom will send a Third warship to the Gulf, even though the circulation isn’t any longer connected to the novel Iran crisis, the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said.

The circulation came as Iran’s supreme chief Ayatollah Khamenei upped the ante in a volatile standoff with the United States, warning Tehran would continue getting rid of restraints on its nuclear programme and retaliate for the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker.

The UK’s MoD said on Tuesday HMS Duncan, a form Forty five frigate, is transiting to the topic to guarantee that Britain maintains a exact maritime security presence whereas HMS Montrose, a form 23 frigate, undertakes planned repairs.

Later within the 365 days, HMS Kent, another form 23 frigate, will deploy to the topic, taking over from HMS Duncan. It said that enhance ship RFA Wave Knight will deploy to the Gulf to start with of August.

“These prolonged-planned actions fabricate no longer dangle an escalation within the UK posture within the topic and are routine,” the MoD added.

Within the meantime, Khamenei said on Tuesday Tehran would reply to Britain’s “piracy” over the seizure of the Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar earlier this month.

“Heinous Britain commits piracy and steals our ship … and offers it an real appearance. The Islamic Republic … isn’t any longer going to leave this wickedness unanswered and must soundless reply to it at an appropriate time and attach,” Khamenei said.

Following his remarks, a spokesman for UK’s Top Minister Theresa Can also said an escalation of tensions between the Western states and Iran modified into as soon as in nobody’s ardour. “[…] we have repeatedly stressed out that to the Iranians,” the spokesman said.

Iran has called on Britain to straight start its oil tanker, which modified into as soon as detained by British Royal Marines on the suspicion that it modified into as soon as breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Tehran’s end ally Syria.

The affair has stoked pressure within the Gulf, with Britain announcing on July 11 that it had fended off Iranian ships that tried to block a British tanker heading thru the home.

Tensions dangle spiked since US President Donald Trump remaining 365 days deserted a 2015 nuclear take care of Iran beneath which Tehran had agreed to curtail its enrichment of uranium in return for the lifting of global sanctions crippling its economy.

On Monday, European events to the pact determined no longer to situation off the deal’s dispute mechanism in favour of pursuing more talks and avert any US-Iran defense power warfare, however took no movement to protect Iran against a sanctions clampdown by Trump.

Khamenei has accused Britain, Germany and France of failing to uphold obligations beneath the deal to restore Iranian get dangle of admission to to global alternate, specifically for Tehran’s oil exports blocked by US sanctions.

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