The United Kingdom of Britain cannot use the Strait of Hormuz as long as Iran cannot pass through the Strait of Gibraltar.

“Security for security, peace for peace, strait for strait. The Strait of Hormuz cannot be opened for the United Kingdom while Gibraltar is closed to Iran.”

UK-Iran tensions around the Strait of Hormuz, which accounts for up to one-third of the world’s daily sea-bound supplies from oil-rich nations of Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iran, peaked this month after an incident on the other side of the continent, off the coast of Gibraltar.

On 4 July, Royal Marine commandos boarded and seized the Grace 1, a Panamanian-flagged oil tanker loaded with Iranian oil. London alleged that the ship was headed for an oil processing terminal in Syria.

Following the incidents, the UK announced plans to put together a European-led coalition separate from a similar US initiative to patrol the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz in a bid to “protect” commercial vessels.

Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2019.

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