(INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES) — The U.K. banned all exports to Argentina’s military Thursday amid heightened tensions over the long-standing Falkland Islands dispute.

The British government’s Business Secretary Vince Cable said in a written statement to Parliament that the move was in response to Argentina’s recent actions “aimed at harming the economic interests of the Falkland Islanders,” Agence France Presse reported.

Last month, the Argentine government announced it would take legal action against companies involved in developing the oil resources of the Falklands, which it claims.

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