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Spokesperson: Germany No Member of Trump’s Anti-Iran Naval Mission

TEHRAN Chancellor Angela Merkel and the whole German government do not see Berlin taking part in a US-led naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz at the moment, a government spokeswoman stated on Monday.

The chancellor does not see a participation in a US-led mission in the current situation and at the current time - everyone in the German government agrees on that, the spokeswoman told a news conference.

The United States has officially requested Germany, France and the UK to join its military mission in the Persian Gulf to counter Iran as tensions mount between Washington and Tehran. The request to build the "coalition" has been met with either silence or rejection, according to a report.

Russia has also stated that Moscow is concerned by the increasing conflict potential in the Persian Gulf as the US seems to be seeking a pretext to start a war, expressing concern at Washington's efforts to build up a coalition capable of deploying naval assets to the region.

In early July, British marines and Gibraltar police seized an Iranian tanker off the Southern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Gibraltar's Chief Minister Fabian Picardo claimed that the ship was transporting crude oil to Syria in violation of the EU sanctions placed on Damascus. Washington has applauded the move, hailing it as a sign that Europe is on board with the US' unilateral sanctions against Iran.

Iran condemned the illegal move of London and described it as tantamount to piracy. Tehran accused the UK of doing Washington's bidding and helping the US attempt to stifle the Islamic Republic's oil exports, rejecting London's claim that the supertanker was carrying crude for Syria.

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei had slammed Britain's illegal seizure of the oil tanker, warning London of a pending response to the seizure of the supertanker that he referred to as a case of "piracy".

Then a week later in mid-July, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) impounded the British tanker ship, 'Stena Impero', as it was passing through the Strait of Hormuz en route to Saudi Arabia "for failing to respect international maritime rules.

The recent moves by foreign powers in the Middle East such as US sanctions on Tehran's oil, UK seizure of Iranian supertanker, as well as, "sabotage operations" on oil ships have intensified the turmoil in the region and the turmoil in the international energy market, affecting global crude prices in recent months.

Source: Fars News Agency