Iran’s Revolutionary Guard announces seizure of oil tanker accused of smuggling fuel in the Strait of Hormuz

MSN | 6/19/2019 | Liz Sly
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DUBAI —Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has seized a foreign tanker and 12 crew members accused of smuggling Iranian fuel, according to a report on Iran’s state television Thursday.

The seizure is the latest in a series of attacks involving ships and tankers, mostly in the vicinity of the Persian Gulf, that have sent tensions soaring between the United States and Iran.

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The incidents follow the launch of the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign of heightened sanctions that are aimed at forcing Tehran back to the negotiating table after the United States walked away from the Iran nuclear deal last year.

The television report said the tanker was delivering about 1 million liters of Iranian fuel from Iranian smugglers to foreign clients. The tanker was detained Sunday, the report said, near Iran’s Larak Island in the Strait of Hormuz, the...
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