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UPDATE 7-Iran says it seized tanker after collision, UK calls move a "hostile act"

UPDATE 7-Iran says it seized tanker after collision, UK calls move a "hostile act"GENEVA/LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – Britain denounced the Iranian seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf as a “hostile act” on Saturday, rejecting Tehran’s explanation that it had seized the vessel because it had been involved in an accident. Friday’s action by Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the global oil trade’s most important waterway has been viewed in the West as a major escalation in three months of confrontation that took Iran and the United States to the brink of war.



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UPDATE 7-Iran says it will confront any U.S. threat, Trump eyes new sanctions

UPDATE 7-Iran says it will confront any U.S. threat, Trump eyes new sanctionsIran said on Saturday it would respond firmly to any U.S. threat, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, amid escalating tension between Tehran and Washington over the shooting down of an unmanned U.S. drone by the Islamic Republic. On Thursday, an Iranian missile destroyed a U.S. Global Hawk surveillance drone. Tehran repeated on Saturday that the drone was shot down over its territory.



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