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Iran Escalates Tensions By Seizing Tanker

Iran Escalates Tensions By Seizing Tanker

Breaking News – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said Thursday they had detained a “Foreign tanker” and its crew for allegedly smuggling fuel in the Gulf.

The question has to be raised, who else has an embargo against them other then Iran, and if not, then by what legal right Iran doing this?

The tanker was seized on Sunday “south of the (Iranian) island of Larak” in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the force’s Sepah news website said.

The Guards did not detail the name or provenance of the vessel.

“With a capacity of two million barrels and 12 foreign crew on board, the vessel was en route to deliver contraband fuel received from Iranian boats to foreign ships in farther regions when it was intercepted,” the force said.
This came two days after Iran said it had come to the aid of a foreign tanker due to receiving a distress call, something that raised suspicions around the world, yet they made no mention of the vessel being seized.

“Iranian forces approached it and using a tugboat brought it into Iranian waters for necessary repairs,” foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said.

Tanker Trackers reported that the Panamanian-flagged tanker Riah, used in the Strait of Hormuz “for fuelling other vessels,” had crossed into Iranian waters on Sunday.

According to the online oil shipment tracking service, at that point, the tanker’s automatic identification system stopped sending signals.

The incident comes amid soaring tensions in the Gulf, with US President Donald Trump calling off airstrikes against Iran at the last minute after Tehran downed an American drone.

Washington has blamed Tehran for a series of tanker attacks in recent months off of the United Arab Emirates coast, charges Iran denies.

Iran has chosen to escalate the crises; now it remains to be seen, what will Washington and Trump do, the rest of the world, and what will Iran do in response?

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