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Strait of Hormuz

Strait between the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf

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Strait of Hormuz: Strait between the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf
The Strait of Hormuz is a strait between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. It provides the only sea passage from the Persian Gulf to the open ocean and is one of the world's most strategically important choke points. On the north coast lies Iran, and on the south coast the United Arab Emirates and Musandam, an exclave of Oman. The strait is about 90 nautical miles (167 km) long, with a width varying from about 52 nautical miles (96 km) to 21 nautical miles (39 km).

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UK lowers security level for its ships in Strait of Hormuz

Britain lowered its security risk level for UK-flagged ships traveling through the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, more than a month after one of its tankers was finally released from detention by Iran.
Reuters - Published

Japan to dispatch its own self-defense troops to Strait of Hormuz: Asahi

Japan has decided to dispatch its own self-defense troops to the Strait of Hormuz area instead of joining the U.S.-coalition to protect merchant vessels passing through key Middle Eastern waterways,..
Reuters - Published

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UK-flagged tanker Stena Impero seized in July leaves Iranian port [Video]UK-flagged tanker Stena Impero seized in July leaves Iranian port

Stena Impero has set a new destination for Port Rashid in Dubai 2 months after it was seized in the Strait of Hormuz.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:41Published

 

Russia's Putin, Iran's Rouhani to discuss nuclear deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to discuss Iran's nuclear deal and situation in the Strait of Hormuz with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at their bilateral meeting in Armenia on Tuesday,..
Reuters - Published

Saudi Arabia joins maritime protection mission: state news agency

Saudi Arabia has joined an international maritime mission to protect commercial shipping in the Strait of Hormuz and other areas, Saudi state media reported on Wednesday, citing an official source in..
Reuters - Published

Britain's move to join U.S. Gulf mission frustrates European plans

Britain's decision to join a U.S.-led naval mission in the Gulf has delayed European efforts to set up a maritime force to ensure safe shipping in the Strait of Hormuz separate from American patrols,..
Reuters - Published

Middle East shipping stabilized by UK navy, says Fleet Commander

Britain's decision to send warships to the Strait of Hormuz has helped to stabilize commercial shipping through the critical chokepoint weeks after Iran seized a UK-flagged tanker in the region, a top..
Reuters - Published

Denmark discusses Hormuz naval mission with European allies

Denmark's prime minister said on Friday that it is in talks with a number of European allies about an international naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz.
Reuters - Published

U.S., France to discuss Strait of Hormuz navy coordination

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and his French counterpart will discuss on Saturday how France's navy could coordinate with Washington to ensure freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz, a senior..
Reuters - Published

UK calls for broad support to tackle Gulf shipping threats

British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab will call for more international support to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz when he meets his French and German counterparts later on Friday for talks..
Reuters - Published

Frontline's blast-hit oil tanker seen back in operation in fourth quarter

An oil tanker that was set ablaze by a blast near the Strait of Hormuz in June will be back in service in the fourth quarter after repairs, vessel owner Frontline said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Stena Bulk tanker seized by Iran could be released soon: Sweden's SVT broadcaster

Sweden has received "very strong indications" that a British oil tanker seized last month by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz is to be released soon, Swedish public service broadcaster SVT reported on..
Reuters - Published

Australia says it will join U.S.-led defense effort in Strait of Hormuz

Australia will join the United States in a coalition of countries protecting oil tankers and cargo ships from threats posed by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on..
Reuters - Published

Poland may join U.S.-led mission in Strait of Hormuz

Poland is considering supporting a U.S.-led mission to protect the Strait of Hormuz, but has not made a formal decision yet.
Reuters - Published

Rare visit to Strait of Hormuz as Iran-U.S. tensions rise

The U.S. is trying to build an international coalition to counter Iran's influence in the Middle East, especially in the Strait of Hormuz. The White House says it wants to protect oil tankers and..
CBS News - Published

Iranians hit hard by U.S. sanctions, and worried about war

CBS News meets Iranians in the city of Bandar Abbas, right on the tumultuous Strait of Hormuz, where tensions between their country and the U.S. are sky-high
CBS News - Published

Merkel: European mission in Strait of Hormuz likely to be discussed in Finland

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she believed the idea of a European naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz would be discussed again at informal meetings of European foreign and defense..
Reuters - Published

U.S. gains ally for naval check on Iran

CBS News' Imtiaz Tayab has been given rare access to Iranian territory in one of the most volatile, and vital waterways for the world's oil supply. He reports from the Strait of Hormuz as tension..
CBS News - Published

U.S. asks South Korea to send troops to Strait of Hormuz - Yonhap

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper asked South Korea to send troops to join a U.S.-led maritime force in the Strait of Hormuz off the coast of Iran, Yonhap news agency said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

U.S. tells commercial vessels to send Gulf transit plans in advance

U.S.-flagged commercial vessels should send their transit plans for the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf waters to United States and British naval authorities, the U.S. Maritime Administration said in an..
Reuters - Published

UK joins United States for maritime security mission in Gulf

Britain on Monday joined the United States in a maritime security mission in the Gulf to protect merchant vessels traveling through the Strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a British-flagged vessel.
Reuters - Published

Iran says will not tolerate 'maritime offences' in Gulf

Iran runs security in the Strait of Hormuz and will no longer tolerate "maritime offences" there, its foreign minister said on Monday, a day after it seized a second oil tanker near the strategic..
Reuters - Published

Berlin: Don't see Germany taking part in U.S. naval mission in Strait of Hormuz

Chancellor Angela Merkel and the whole German government do not see Germany taking part in a U.S-led naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz at the moment, a government spokeswoman said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Japan won't contribute ships to U.S. Middle East maritime force: Mainichi

Japan will not send warships to join a U.S.-led maritime force to guard oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz fearing a military response from Iran, but it may send patrol aircraft, said the Mainichi..
Reuters - Published

U.S. envoy urges Germany to take global role after Hormuz reluctance

The U.S. ambassador to Germany called on Chancellor Angela Merkel's government on Thursday to take on a global responsibility to match its economic might after Berlin showed reluctance to join a naval..
Reuters - Published

Shell not taking British-flagged tankers through Hormuz

Royal Dutch Shell is not taking any British-flagged tankers through the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions with Iran in the vital chokepoint for oil shipments.
Reuters - Published

U.S. envoy slams Germany after reluctance on Hormuz mission

The U.S. ambassador to Germany launched a scathing attack on Chancellor Angela Merkel's government on Thursday for its reluctance to join a naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz, saying Europe's..
Reuters - Published

German Foreign Minister rules out joining U.S.-led Hormuz mission

Germany will not participate in a U.S.-led naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz as it wants to ease tensions with Iran, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Stoltenberg says no NATO mission requested in Strait of Hormuz

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday there had been no formal request for the military alliance to launch a mission in the Strait of Hormuz.
Reuters - Published

Germany: European naval mission in Strait of Hormuz worth considering

The German government has not offered any contribution to a U.S. naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz but thinks it is "worth considering" a European mission and is in touch with its partners on that,..
Reuters - Published

Germany's Scholz 'very skeptical' about U.S. mission for Strait of Hormuz

Germany's Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday he was very skeptical about a request by the United States to join a military mission for the Strait of Hormuz.
Reuters - Published

Video shows Iran officer warning U.K. warship: "Don't put your life in danger"

The seizure has heightened tensions in the Strait of Hormuz, a critical waterway for the world's energy supplies
CBS News - Published

Iran releases video showing warning to British warship

Iran's Revolutionary Guard has released video it says shows Iran issuing a warning to a British warship in the Strait of Hormuz. It was apparently filmed the same day Iran seized a British tanker in..
CBS News - Published

Iran's Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warship during British tanker seizure

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards published footage on Monday purportedly showing the Guards warning off a British warship during their July 19 seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker near the Strait..
Reuters - Published

Oman not mediating in escalating regional tensions: Oman minister

Oman is not undertaking any mediation efforts around rising tensions in the Gulf region but is in contact with "all parties" in order to maintain stability in the Strait of Hormuz, Oman's minister in..
Reuters - Published

Oman, Iran cooperating on navigation in Hormuz: Oman minister

Oman and Iran were cooperating on navigation through the Strait of Hormuz, Oman's minister in charge of foreign affairs said on Sunday after meeting Iranian officials in Tehran.
Reuters - Published

Germany needs clarity before joining Hormuz naval mission: Minister

Germany will take a decision on whether to participate in a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz once it has more clarity about the design of such a mission,..
Reuters - Published

Denmark backs Britain's proposed Hormuz naval mission

Denmark said on Friday it welcomed the British government's proposal for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz and would consider a military maritime..
Reuters - Published

Pompeo says he'd go to Iran if needed as he asks U.S. allies to join maritime force

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday he was willing to go to Iran for talks amid tensions between Tehran and Washington, but also called on Japan, Britain and other nations to join a..
Reuters - Published

Britain begins escorting all UK vessels through Hormuz Strait

Britain has started sending a warship to accompany all British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz, a change in policy announced on Thursday after the government previously said it did not..
Reuters - Published

Too early to talk about Germany joining Hormuz naval mission: ministry

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas did not tell lawmakers that Germany wants to take part in a British plan for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, a ministry..
Reuters - Published

Germany ready to take part in Hormuz naval mission: RND media group

Germany is ready to take part in a British plan for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, media group RND reported, citing participants in a meeting of..
Reuters - Published

Royal navy will protect UK-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz

The British government said on Thursday its navy will accompany British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz to defend freedom of navigation, after previously saying it did not have the..
Reuters - Published

Stena Bulk says it spoke to seized tanker's crew, all safe and well

All 23 crew on a British oil tanker seized last week by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz are safe and well, the vessel's Swedish operator Stena Bulk said on Wednesday after speaking to them.
Reuters - Published

Sweden in talks with Iran, UK, others over seized tanker

Sweden said on Wednesday it was holding talks with Iran, Britain and others over a Swedish-owned, British-flagged tanker seized last week by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz.
Reuters - Published

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