Foreign Minister Peters: Strait of Hormuz oil tanker seizures “an inexcusable violation of international law”

Following Iran’s recent seizure of two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has condemned the move by the Islamic Republic, calling it: “an inexcusable violation of international law”.

"The seizure of commercial ships in this important transit lane is an inexcusable violation of international law, including the freedom of navigation," Mr Peters said in a statement today.

"Iran’s recent actions risk escalating a dangerous situation in the Gulf region. We call on Iran to release the detained vessels and to engage with the international community in steps that help reduce tensions and the prospect of conflict."

Mr. Peters also said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade have communicated New Zealand’s concerns to the Iranian Embassy in Wellington.

The recent escalation of hostilities in the Persian Gulf stems from ongoing tensions between the United States and Iran, particularly with regards to the latter’s 2015 Nuclear Deal. The U.S. have already announced that it intends to protect its commercial ships against Iranian threats in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz.

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