Britain admitted Iran's involvement in the seizure of the Panama-flagged tanker Asphalt Princess off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This is reported by The Times with reference to its sources.
According to the newspaper, British secret services believe Iranian servicemen or their allies may be involved in the incident.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh, in his turn, rejected in his Twitter account any suggestion that Iranian servicemen could have been involved in the seizure of ships in the Persian Gulf or the Gulf of Oman. He stressed that reports of these incidents in the Western media looked suspicious and were false.
Earlier it was reported that the tanker Asphalt Princess was hijacked by a group of eight or nine people in the Gulf of Oman. The incident allegedly took place 97 kilometers off the province of Fujairah. According to sources, armed men boarded the ship, disabled its tracking systems, and led it away to an unknown destination.