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'Grossly miscalculated move': Why did Iran seize UK oil tanker and crew?

'They're doing everything they can to get us to the negotiating table'

In less than one month, Iran has breached limits on uranium enrichment, shot down a U.S. drone, and now seized a British-owned oil tanker in international waters.

The Stena Impero oil tanker and its 23 crew members were captured in the Strait of Hormuz by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on Friday. Read more details here.

On Monday's radio program, chief researcher Jason Buttrill joined Glenn Beck to discuss the escalating tensions between Tehran and the West.

"Iran is not operating from a position of strength. They are operating out of a position of weakness," Jason said. "So now, they're pushing to see how far they can push, to see if they'll get some sort of an overreaction, whether that is we react poorly and escalate the situation militarily, or force us to the negotiating table because sanctions are crippling them."

Jason called the seizure a "grossly miscalculated move" by the Iranian forces.

"The geopolitics of oil coming out of the Strait of Hormuz have changed," he said. "We're just not compelled to react if they do pull a move off like this, because the situation has changed, the economics have changed, where the oil is coming from has changed. A smaller percentage of NATO allies, with the exception of Japan, don't get their oil from that area any more.

"Nothing will come from this," he continued. "They're doing everything they can to get us to the negotiating table. The president has to sit back and let things play out ... and make sure that everyone else doesn't respond with too much force."

Catch more of the conversation in the video below:


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