Syria looms large behind Iranian seizure of British tanker

The EU’s lack of objection to Tehran’s support of the Assad regime undermines London in the crisis

Jeremy Hunt, U.K. foreign secretary, arrives at number 10 Downing Street in London, U.K., on Monday, July 22, 2019. Prime Minister Theresa May will lead a meeting of the U.K. government’s emergency committee on Monday to discuss the security of shipping in the Persian Gulf after Iran seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz last week. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Just days after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told his British counterpart Jeremy Hunt that Tehran wanted to reduce maritime tensions between the two countries, Iran captured a British vessel in the Gulf.

Despite Mr Zarif’s high p