The U.S. State Department is condemning Iran for its alleged attempt to intercept a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.
Amidst growing tensions in the Persian Gulf region, U.S. State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus on Thursday praises the British navy for safeguarding freedom of navigation.
[Morgan Ortagus, State Dept. Spokeswoman]: "The Department of State condemns the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy's attempt to unlawfully harass and interfere with the passage of the UK flagged merchant vessel British Heritage yesterday near the Strait of Hormuz. We commend the actions of the Royal Navy in ensuring freedom of navigation, and the free flow of commerce through this critically important waterway.”
State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus says that the U.S. will cooperate with U.K. to ensure maritime safety in the Persian Gulf region.
[Morgan Ortagus, State Dept. Spokeswoman]: “We will continue to work closely with the United Kingdom and our allies to ensure the Iranian regime's malign activities do not further disrupt international law, maritime security or global commerce."
Ortagus repeats President Donald Trump's offer to talk with Iran over its nuclear program and regional military moves.
[Morgan Ortagus, State Dept. Spokeswoman]: "The president has said that he will meet with the Iranians without preconditions so we seek a diplomatic solution. We have asked our allies many times, we've talked about this from the podium, that we've asked our allies to ask Iran to de-escalate the situation, not harass American allies, or our interests, not terrorize the region."