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IRAN HAS SEIZED (2) TANKERS IN THE STRAIGHTS OF HOMUZ : 1 ENGLISH AND A LIBIAN TANKER IN THE LAST 2 HOURS. “TENSIONS SOUR”

 

 

Iran says it’s seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz

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Published on Jul 20, 2019

 

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BREAKING: Iran Seizes Two More Tankers In Hormuz Strait—Signs of the Last Days

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What’s Behind the Latest Iranian Oil Tanker Seizure?

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Published on Jul 19, 2019
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DAILY DOSE | Iran “towed” into port a foreign oil tanker claiming it had sent a distress signal. Now, it claims the tanker it towed had smuggled oil illegally. Iran expert Meir Javedanfar analyzes. Story: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said Thursday a foreign tanker with 12 crew members was detained Sunday on suspicions of smuggling Iranian oil in the Persian Gulf, according to state media reports. The vessel of unknown provenance was said to be carrying a million liters of smuggled fuel when it was detained Sunday south of Larak island in the Persian Gulf and was detained Sunday, the IRGC said in a statement quoted by state media. “The ship capable of carrying 2 million litres of fuel had departed with 12 foreign crew-members to deliver smuggled fuel from Iran to foreign vessels.”
The US on Tuesday had raised alarm about possible pernicious Iranian activity in the Gulf, claiming Washington “had suspicions” Tehran had seized a UAE oil tanker which had turned off its tracker earlier this week while traversing through the Strait of Hormuz. “Could it have broken down or been towed for assistance? That’s a possibility. But the longer there is a period of no contact, it’s going to be a concern,” a US defense official told the Associated Press. Apparently seeking to clarify the situation, Iran’s foreign ministry said later Tuesday that the Islamic Republic was assisting a “foreign tanker that had encountered a technical problem” in the Gulf after receiving a distress call from the ship.
“According to international regulations… Iranian forces approached it and using a tugboat brought it into Iranian waters for necessary repairs,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said, adding that further details would be released later.

 

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