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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps seizes oil tanker in Gulf of Oman

Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps seizes oil tanker in Gulf of Oman

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps Seizes Oil Tanker in the Gulf of Oman

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seized a foreign oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, according to the US Navy. The tanker was reportedly seized in international waters, and its crew was detained. The US Navy said it was aware of the incident and monitoring the situation.

The incident is the latest in a series of maritime disputes in the region, which have increased tensions between Iran and Western countries. Last week, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said that the country’s navy was prepared to defend its maritime borders after the US and UK announced plans to deploy warships to the region.

The seizure comes amid ongoing negotiations between Iran and world powers over the country’s nuclear program. The US and other Western countries have been seeking to revive a 2015 nuclear agreement, which the Trump administration withdrew from in 2018. Iran has been demanding the lifting of US sanctions before it returns to compliance with the deal.

Background on Iran’s Maritime Disputes

Iran has been involved in a number of maritime disputes in recent years. In 2019, the US blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, which Iran denied. The US also accused Iran of shooting down a US drone in the region, which Iran said had violated its airspace.

Last year, Iran seized a South Korean tanker in the Persian Gulf and detained its crew. The seizure was reportedly in response to South Korea freezing Iranian assets due to US sanctions. The crew was eventually released after negotiations between the two countries.

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