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Thu Jul 18, 2019, 07:27 AM

Iran seizes foreign oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz, state TV reports

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/iran-seizes-foreign-oil-tanker-strait-hormuz-state-tv-reports-n1031116?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

July 18, 2019, 7:08 AM EDT / Updated July 18, 2019, 7:15 AM EDT
By Saphora Smith, Ali Arouzi and Associated Press
TEHRAN Iran's Revolutionary Guard forces have seized a foreign oil tanker accusing 12 crew members of smuggling oil, state TV reported on Thursday.

The seizure comes as tensions mount between the United States and Iran over the unraveling nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

The ship was seized in Larak Island in the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway off Iran's coast which separates the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, according to broadcaster IRIB. The report added that the Revolutionary Guards had towed the vessel on Sunday after a distress call and it was later seized for fuel smuggling.

The U.S. Fifth Fleet said they were aware of reports that Iran's Revolutionary Guard had seized a foreign oil tanker with 12 crew, but did not comment further.

The report didn't identify the tanker or say which country the crew were from. However, the Associated Press reported earlier this week that tracking data showed that an oil tanker based in the United Arab Emirates traveling through the Strait of Hormuz drifted off into Iranian waters and stopped transmitting its location last weekend.

But an Emirati official told NBC News on Tuesday that the "tanker in question is neither UAE owned nor operated, does not carry Emirati personnel, and did not emit a distress call."

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Thu Jul 18, 2019, 07:39 AM

1. drumpf has created this mess and he owns it.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 08:45 AM

3. sooo if it was a NK tanker, would the orange asshole start a war to protect a dictator?

you bet he would.

and more over, Iran and NK have long been buddies exchanging nuclear weapon and plant info for years. (AQ Kahn, remember him?)

could it be that Iran is playing the orange asshole as the stooge that he is by "seizing" a foreign oil tanker with NK along with the con?

I trust no one, least of all NK and the orange asshole.

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