Iranian officials say the seizure of a British oil tanker was justified because of the UK’s role in impounding an Iranian supertanker two weeks earlier [Hasan Shirvani/Mizan News Agency via AP]

London, United Kingdom – The UK‘s new government is at risk of squandering an opportunity to “recalibrate” tense relations with Iran amid the standoff over seized oil tankers, according to analysts.

Experts fear Boris Johnson, the new prime minster, will fall in behind US President Donald Trump‘s hostile US stance towards Tehran, despite an opportunity for Britain to forge an influential position as a broker following its withdrawal from the European Union.

In the meantime, tension is growing in the Strait of Hormuz after the UK sent a second warship to protect

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