Argentine judge orders seizure of Falklands drillers' assets | Reuters

Argentina claims sovereignty over the South Atlantic islands which it calls the Malvinas, located about 700km (450 miles) off the coast of Tierra del Fuego and occupied by around 3,000 people who mostly say they wish them to remain a British overseas territory.

Britain and Argentina fought a short war in 1982, after the then Argentine military dictatorship briefly seized the islands, and tensions have escalated again in recent years with the discovery of oil deposits.

Argentina has promised to resolve the dispute through diplomacy, but politicians often ramp up rhetoric around election time.

The British foreign office was not immediately available to comment on Saturday.


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