The Iranian authorities announced this Sunday the seizure of a foreign flag tanker in the Persian Gulf that he was supposedly smuggling oil "to Arab countries."
The operation has been carried out by the Revolutionary Guards of Iran, as the Iranian news agency FARS has collected, adding that the ship was transporting near 700,000 liters of oil. Also, the authorities have indicated that in the tanker were seven crew members of various nationalities and have confirmed that all of them have been arrested.
According to the IRNA news agency, the tanker has been transferred to the port of Bushehr and the oil has been delivered to the Petroleum Products Distribution Company following a court order.
The seizure of the tanker has taken place around the island of Farsi, after which the Revolutionary Guards Navy has stressed that "it will spare no effort in defending Iran's national interests."
The Iranian authorities seized a British tanker in July in the Strait of Hormuz for alleged violations of navigation regulations, days after Gibraltar intercepted the superhero 'Grace 1', which allegedly transported Iranian oil to Syria. The British Government then raised the possibility of deploying a naval mission in the area to protect navigation, something that the United States has also done. Iran has rejected this option and stressed that it is bound to fail.
Tensions between the United States and Iran and within the Middle East region have increased in recent months because of the Washington's exit from the nuclear agreement signed in 2015.
The Government of Iran has announced that it will progressively dissociate itself from the agreement and announce new measures every 60 days if Europe does not take "new initiatives" to ensure the full reintegration of the Islamic Republic into international markets. Thus, on July 8, he said he has begun to enrich uranium above the 3.67% set by the signed nuclear agreement and stressed that reaching 20% is an option. However, it is a percentage that is far from the 90% required to manufacture nuclear weapons.
Tehran emphasizes that these measures do not constitute a breach of the agreement, since they consider it legitimate from the moment in which one of the parties – in this case the United States – withdrew unilaterally more than a year ago.