Iran chaos: Britain warned ‘be afraid’ after UK supertanker scare in Gulf

Tensions are running high after a Revolutionary Guards commander threatened to seize a British ship in retaliation for the capture by Royal Marines of Iranian supertanker Grace 1 in Gibraltar. And fears were growing for the safety of the Pacific Voyager today when it stopped in the Gulf en route to Saudi Arabia from Singapore.

Iran described as “fabricated” social media reports of the supertanker’s seizure and officials from UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) quickly confirmed the vessel had stopped as part of a routine procedure to adjust its arrival time at its next port.

A spokesman said UKMTO had been in contact with the tanker and declared it “safe and well”.

The scare came after Iranian cleric Mohammad Ali Mousavi Jazayeri said Britain should be "scared" about Tehran's possible retaliation for the seizure of the Grace 1.

Ali Mousavi Jazayeri, a member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts clerical body, said: "I am openly saying that Britain should be scared of Iran's retaliatory measures over the illegal seizure of the Iranian oil tanker.”

The region is on high alert after last month's attacks on vessels near the Strait of Hormuz, a vital oil shipping route, and Iran's downing of a US drone.

Washington and Saudi Arabia have directly blamed Iran for the attacks on tankers despite vehement denials from Tehran.

The attacks have raised fears of a broader confrontation in the region where the United States has boosted its military presence over perceived Iranian threats.

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