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U.K., U.S. Warn Iran After Two Ships Seized; One Later Said Released

Britain has condemned as "unacceptable" the Iranian seizure of one ship and the apparent brief detention of another as tensions ratcheted up over a spate of dangerous incidents on one of the world's most strategic commercial-shipping routes. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on July 19 said he was "extremely concerned" by Iran's actions in the Strait of Hormuz as he called an urgent meeting of senior U.K. security officials "to review what we know and what we can do to swiftly secure the release of the two vessels -- a British-flagged and a Liberian-flagged vessel." As reports of the seizure of at least one tanker by Iranian forces swirled, the United States accused Tehran of "escalatory violence" and President Donald Trump spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron about the perceived Iranian threat and said he would "talk to the U.K." and "be working with the U.K." in light of the latest developments.

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