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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has congratulated Boris Johnson on his election as head of the UK Conservative Party.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Britain on Saturday threatened Iran with “serious consequences” for seizing a British-owned oil tanker the previous evening as the government warned ships to avoid the crucial shipping lanes of the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps said its forces had captured a British oil tanker in the strait for allegedly violating international laws, amid rising tensions in the Gulf.

The Stena Impero tanker “was confiscated by the Revolutionary Guards at the request of Hormozgan Ports and Maritime Organisation when passing through the Strait of Hormuz, for failing to respect international maritime rules,” the IRGC’s official website Sepahnews announced.

But the British government said in a statement after an emergency meeting that it had “advised U.K. shipping to stay out of the area for an interim period.”

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