New tension on the world's largest tanker route

Vessels from the US Navy fleet will no longer accompany US and UK merchant vessels through the Strait of Hormuz after Iran threatened to close the vital oil route.

US Navy vessels will no longer accompany vessels flagged in the US and the UK through the Strait of Hormuz which has otherwise been the procedure for the past year. This is evident in a statement from the US Defense Department, according to several media sources, after Iran threatened to close the strait which is vital for a big part of the global oil transport.

The Iranian fleet will, according to the government in Tehran, conduct Navy exercises in and around the Strait of Hormuz in the near future. Iran considers US Navy vessels a threat to the country and the territorial waters.

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