Saturday, 24 August, 2019

Trump says US Navy ship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

Iran's Revolutionary Guards seize 'foreign tanker' UK voices concern over safety of goods in Strait of Hormuz
Patty Aguilar | 19 July, 2019, 13:27

I also call on other nations to protect their ships as they go through the Strait and to work with us in the future.

"Anybody who starts a war with Iran will not be the one who ends it", Zarif warned on Wednesday, referring to the escalating tensions between Iran and the U.S. amid United States military buildup in the region.

The state media later published footage of Iranian speedboats circling around the Panamanian-flagged Riah tanker. It said the oil tanker had 12 foreign crew members on board and was involved in smuggling some 1 million liters (264,000 gallons) of fuel from Iranian smugglers to foreign customers.

Crude prices, which had been falling since last week, ticked higher nearly immediately after reports of the incident. Iran accused them of smuggling oil in the Persian Gulf.

The seizure of the ship directly singles out UAE-bound and based vessels. The 58-meter (190-foot) Riah typically made trips from Dubai and Sharjah on the UAE's west coast before going through the strait and heading to Fujairah on the UAE's east coast.

Tensions have been high in the Gulf since the United States tightened the sanctions that it reimposed on Iran's oil sector after unilaterally withdrawing from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

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The announcement follows Iran saying it had come to the aid of a foreign tanker after receiving a distress call - making no mention of the vessel being seized.

The Strait of Hormuz is the world's most important strategic chokepoint for oil transport, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

It also comes after British marines helped seize an Iranian supertanker off Gibraltar, a British overseas territory at the southern tip of Spain.

It's unclear what comes next, as tensions between the US and Iran remain high.

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

An Iranian security forces boat near the Kalntari oil dock in the Sea of Oman near the strait of Hormuz in 2012.

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