The Guards' statement said that if they were ordered to seize foreign vessels they would do so "immediately, decisively and speedily."
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called reports alleging that the Guards tried to impede the British oil tanker "claims to create tension (in the region,) these claims are worthless," the official state news agency IRNA reported.
(With input from Reuters, AFP)
(Cover: File Photo: Oil tankers pass through the Strait of Hormuz, December 21, 2018. /Reuters Photo)