Ship owners are being advised to give details of their route so they can be escorted by the frigate HMS Montrose. The decision to provide a military escort to merchant shipping follows a meeting of Downing Street's emergency Cobra committee to discuss the situation in the Gulf.
But, while the mission would be implemented "as quickly as possible", Mr Hunt insisted it would not include the US as part of President Trump's policy of "maximum pressure" on Tehran. Iran denied the incident happened and said there had been no confrontation with any foreign vessels.
They added: "We believe the time has come to act responsibly and seek a path to stop the escalation of tensions and dialogue. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman added that the government was focused on securing the release of the detained Stena Impero tanker and its crew, while "de-escalating current tensions" with Iran.
Published 24 July The new scheme would have a mandate to ensure freedom of of international ships, the Foreign Office has said. That incident followed the UK's decision to seize an Iranian tanker, Grace 1, which London alleges was carrying oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions. The UK government has said it will provide a Royal Navy escort for British-flagged ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz - escorst increasing diplomatic tensions in the Gulf.
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Stena Bulk has said it is discussing the release of the tanker and has asked "local authorities" for access to the vessel. Iran tanker seizure: Owner makes first contact with crew. Iran and the crisis in the Gulf explained.
The UK government has remained committed to the deal, which curbs Iran's nuclear activities in return for the lifting of sanctions. HMS Montrose is currently deployed to the region to provide reassurance for British ships, and earlier this month the MoD said escorte was forced to move between three Iranian boats that were trying to impede an oil tanker.
In a t statement issued earlier this month, UK, French and German leaders said they were "deeply troubled" by events in the Gulf. The ship's owner said the crew is safe and co-operating with officials. Published 12 July Shipping firm Stena Bulk said its 23 crew members - who are Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino - had been able to talk directly to their families for a limited time.
The UK Chamber of Shipping said it welcomed the government's decision, calling the announcement "an encouraging step". More on this story. Iran tanker row: UK to send second warship to the Gulf.