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UK: Iranian vessels tried to block British vessel in Gulf
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Dubai, July 11 -- Britain said Thursday that three Iranian vessels unsuccessfully tried to impede the passage of a British commercial vessel through the Strait of Hormuz, signaling a further escalation of tensions over a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
The Iranian vessels only turned away after receiving "verbal warnings" from a U.K. navy vessel accompanying the commercial vessel British Heritage, the U.K. government said in a statement. "We are concerned by this action and continue to urge the Iranian authorities to de-escalate the situation in the region," it said.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard denied the allegations, saying if it had received orders to seize any ships it would have executed them immediately.
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