The Revolutionary Guards say the unnamed overseas ship was carrying 150,000 litres of diesel.
Tehran, Iran – Commandos with the naval drive of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have seized a overseas tanker within the Persian Gulf for smuggling diesel.
Colonel Ahmad Hajian, the commander of the Naval Sort 412 Zulfiqar within the southern Parsian county within the Hormozgan province, was quoted by the state broadcaster’s web site on Saturday as saying that the ship was discovered to be illegally carrying 150,000 litres (32,995 gallons) of diesel.
“By way of intelligence monitoring and in a coordinated operation, our navy succeeded in seizing a overseas ship with 11 crew members in our nation’s waters,” he stated.
The commander added the crew members have been handed over to the native judiciary for processing however didn’t identify the ship, its nationality, or the nationalities of its crew. Additionally it is unclear when the incident occurred.
Hajian promised to “act decisively” in opposition to any makes an attempt to smuggle gasoline by way of the ocean in assist of Iran’s economic system.
تفنگداران سپاه یک کشتی خارجی را که حامل ۱۵۰ هزار لیتر سوخت قاچاق بود، به همراه ۱۱ خدمهاش در آبهای پارسیان توقیف کردند. pic.twitter.com/2dw3Nr7LuD
— خبرگزاری فارس (@FarsNews_Agency) November 20, 2021
Translation: IRGC Marines seized a overseas ship carrying 150,000 litres of smuggled gasoline, together with 11 crew members, in Persian waters.
The Fars information web site, which has shut ties to the IRGC, launched a dramatic video that confirmed a number of boats approaching the seized ship. The navy Guards are then proven to board the ship, which is empty.
The incident comes after Iran seized a Vietnamese-flagged tanker known as Sothys within the Sea of Oman earlier this month after a confrontation with the USA Navy and saved its cargo.
The IRGC stated the ship was being utilized by the US to “steal” Iranian oil whose exports are banned underneath unilateral sanctions imposed since 2018 when former President Donald Trump deserted Iran’s 2015 nuclear take care of world powers. The ship was launched days after the incident.
The US countered Iran’s account of the incident, saying it was solely there to “monitor” the state of affairs.
The nuclear deal’s signatories will head again to Vienna in November to renew talks aimed toward lifting US sanctions and bringing Iran again to full compliance with the phrases of the accord.