At approximately 11:14 PM on Thursday, a British flagged vessel, the Atlantic Pioneer, entered Iranian territorial waters. Shortly before the ship entered Iranian claimed waters, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a tweet condemning the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Navy for its actions in the Strait of Hormuz. Specifically, he condemned actions taken against previous British vessels in the region.
The U.S. condemns the IRGC-Navy’s attempt to harass the UK vessel near the Strait of Hormuz. We commend the Royal Navy in ensuring freedom of navigation and will continue to work with our allies to ensure the Iranian regime does not disrupt maritime security and global commerce.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 12, 2019