This is the latest in a series of incidents threatening shipping in the Strait of Hormuz, the export route for the bulk of oil from the Gulf region.
Britain says it will join a US-led mission to protect merchant vessels in the Strait of Hormuz. Germany has rejected joining the mission, which comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the West.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Germany will not be taking part in a US-led mission to secure oil tanker ships sailing near Iran. The US ambassador in Berlin slammed the decision, saying Germany has responsibilities.
Gibraltar authorities rejected a US warrant to seize an Iranian tanker that was previously detained by UK troops. The ship has set sail and left the territory despite Washington's objection of possible terrorism links.
The US wants Germany to take part in a naval mission to protect ships sailing near Iran. German politicians were less than thrilled by the initiative, which aims to "combat Iranian aggression."
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