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An already tense situation in the Middle East is made worse by the British seizure of an Iranian tanker that may have been headed to Syria.
Iran has significantly increased tension in the Middle East by breaching the urainium enrichment standards set by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Iran Nuclear Deal). Many fear Israel will attack Iran unless it backs off threats to continue enrichment toward weapons grade levels.
China is holding military exercises in the South China Sea, and has also carried out the first of a series of anti-ship ballistic missile tests in the contested waterway.
Yutaka Katada, the owner of the Japanese tanker Kokuka Courageous, specifically discounted the possibility that his boat was struck by either mines or torpedoes, noting the only damage was above the water-line.
With multiple attacks on oil transport ships in the Strait of Hormuz, and America blaming Iran, it looks like a lead-up to war.