Iran Seizes Ship in Gulf of Oman, US Navy Says
The U.S. Navy announced Thursday, April 27, that the Islamic Republic of Iran had seized a foreign vessel in the Gulf of Oman. The Marshall Islands-flagged oil tanker Advantage Sweet was taken by Iranian forces after leaving Kuwait on its way to Houston, Texas.
"The oil tanker issued a distress call during the seizure," the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet said. "Iran's actions are contrary to international law and disruptive to regional security and stability." The statement added, "Iran should immediately release the oil tanker."
US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) released a statement attributing the vessel's seizure to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy. "Iran's continued harassment of vessels and interference with navigational rights in regional waters are a threat to maritime security and the global economy."
"The Islamic Republic continues to prove that its terrorism and regional destabilization is not limited to land, air, or even international waters. Tehran’s threat to international shipping is almost as old as the Islamic Republic itself," Behnam Ben Taleblu, senior fellow and Iran expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told American media.
"Iran’s continued hostage-taking of oil tankers and harassment of other vessels blows a hole through the theory that greater Chinese involvement in the Persian Gulf might restrain the regime’s bad behavior," he added. (FN / VFI News)
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