IRAN SEIZES FOREIGN OIL TANKER VESSEL

IRAN SEIZES FOREIGN OIL TANKER VESSEL
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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have seized a “foreign vessel,” saying it was “smuggling” one million barrels of fuel. It comes amid Tehran’s quarrel with London over a seized tanker.

The tanker was intercepted by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) near Larak Island in the Strait of Hormuz off Iran’s coast, the bottleneck point for maritime traffic from the Persian Gulf.

Reports that a ship was seized initially surfaced in Intelligence circles on July 14. At that time there were covert Intel reports that the ship in question may be the United Arab Emirates (UAE)-owned, Panamanian-flagged MT ‘Riah,’ which went missing last Sunday while passing the strait and was presumed captured by the IRGC. Yet Tehran insisted the ship had experienced a technical malfunction and was towed into Iranian waters for repair.  So the Intel was discounted as inaccurate.   Now, it seems the Intel was spot-on!

British authorities previously seized a supertanker carrying Iranian crude through the Strait of Gibraltar, claiming its cargo was destined for Syria and thus was subject to EU sanctions targeting Iran’s ally. Tehran compared the arrest to an act of piracy and demanded the release of the ship, the Panamanian-flagged ‘Grace 1.’

Iran accused the UK of doing Washington’s bidding and helping the US attempt to stifle the Islamic Republic’s oil exports.

The UAE is a U.S. ally.   Now that the world knows for certain that Iran has formally seized the ship, sparks may very well begin to fly.

Stay tuned.

 

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    His self · 3 months ago
    It should be noted that the vessel broke down, was then kindly towed by Iran to a safe area to anchor. When the Iranians discovered that there were British naval officers onboard the vessel was then seized and Iran did a rundown on the vessel's activities up till when she broke down.

    The vessel can carry 1 million liters of oil, NOT 1 million barrels.

    The Iranians have kindly provided some video of the vessel in question............

    https://twitter.com/PressTV/status/1151874429326110720

    You will note in one of the videos the Iranians demonstrate what the fuel is that the oiler is carrying...... diesel.


    So the question is, why did the oiler go outside the straights then do a U-turn?

    Likely to do some fuel replenishment at sea? One of the khazar's subs that is surely stationed in the area?
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