Iran seizes Greek tanker after US ‘piracy’

Tehran’s troops boarded two Greek oil tankers when Athens was able to intercept a U.S.-Iranian-flagged ship.

Iranian troops seized two oil tankers flying the Greek flag in the Persian Gulf on Friday, as Tehran protested the seizure of a ship of its own in Greek waters earlier this week, the United States said. “Piracy.” Washington is reportedly planning to sell the ship’s oil cargo, which was confiscated under sanctions aimed at Russia.

Troops from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) used helicopters to board Delta Poseidon and Prudent Warrior tankers on Friday, Industry Monitor Lloyds List reported. There were ships “The ship was later escorted into Iranian waters from international traffic lanes a few miles off the coast,” he said. According to the same formula.

The Greek Foreign Ministry has confirmed the seizure of the two ships and demanded their release. Iranian media have similarly confirmed the seizure of the ships, making it clear that it was revenge against the government’s move in Athens. More than 25% of the world’s tankers fly Greek flags.

“The Islamic Republic has decided to take punitive action against Greece when it seized an Iranian tanker and allowed the US government to seize its crude oil.” An outlet affiliated with the IRGC reported Nur News.

Meanwhile, Iran’s foreign ministry on Wednesday summoned the Swiss ambassador to protest the detention of Iranian flag-carrying tanker Pegas in Greek waters – representing US interests in Tehran.

“The Islamic Republic has expressed deep concern over the continued violations of international law and international maritime agreements by the US government.” According to the state news agency IRNA.

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Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization says the tanker sought refuge on the Greek coast from bad weather after experiencing technical problems and called for the seizure of its cargo. “A clear example of piracy.”

While the U.S. government has not officially commented, Reuters reported Thursday that Washington is planning to ship oil to the United States on another ship, citing three sources familiar with the matter.

The United States has banned Iranian oil exports and has previously detained Iranian tankers bound for Venezuela, citing sanctions against Caracas. The capture of Pegas, however, appears to be linked to sanctions against Moscow.

Pegas was previously owned by the Russian company Transmorflot and was approved by the United States on February 22, two days before the start of hostilities in Ukraine. The Transmorflot itself was approved on May 8, but the Pegasus – named Lana on March 1 – was already owned by Iran and the Tehran flag has been flying since May 1.

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