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US Seizes Iranian Fuel in Sanctions Violation

The U.S. government reportedly seized four vessels loaded with Iranian fuel that allegedly violated the sanctions on the country imposed by the Trump administration.

The four vessels were recently seized on the high seas and are on their way to Houston, Texas, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing U.S. officials. Senior administration officials are expected to meet the tankers at a scheduled event to mark the docking.

Military force was not used to take the vessels, according to the report.

The tankers allegedly were part of a scheme set up by an Iranian businessman affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard Corps, which is designated by the United States as a terrorist organization.

U.S. prosecutors filed a lawsuit in July to seize the gas on four tankers Iran was allegedly trying to ship to Venezuela.

The seizure comes as tensions between Iran and the U.S. remain from a U.S. strike that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani earlier in 2020. Iran responded with a retaliatory strike targeting a base housing U.S. soldiers. (WE / VFI News)