Iran Forces Seize Foreign Vessel



Iran Forces Seize Foreign Vessel
Iran's Revolutionary Guards said they seized a foreign vessel smuggling one million liters of fuel in the Persian Gulf, according to state-run Press TV news channel.

(Bloomberg) -- Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said they seized a foreign vessel smuggling one million liters of fuel in the Persian Gulf, according to state-run Press TV news channel. It didn’t provide further details.

Patrolling forces stopped the vessel south of Larak island, close to the Strait of Hormuz, the shipping chokepoint at the mouth of the Gulf, according to state-run Tasnim news agency.

Tensions have been building in the region over the past months following attacks on ships. An Iranian foreign ministry official said Wednesday a small oil tanker that had gone missing in the area had technical difficulties and was towed into Iranian waters for repairs, according to the ISNA news agency.

While Iran has been blamed for attacks on merchant shipping in recent months, it has denied responsibility.

To contact the reporter on this story:
Ladane Nasseri in Dubai at lnasseri@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story:
Alaa Shahine at asalha@bloomberg.net
Abbas Al Lawati, Stefania Bianchi



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