A U.S. protection official has confirmed to Newsweek that Iranian forces seized an oil tanker within the Sea of Oman final week, however stated U.S. forces simply noticed the incident and didn’t confront the Revolutionary Guard.
The semi-official Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting outlet first reported Wednesday that U.S. forces confiscated a tanker carrying Iranian oil within the Sea of Oman after which transferred it to a different tanker. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard forces had been stated to have then carried out a helicopter touchdown on the second vessel, permitting them to take management and steer it again towards Iranian waters, thus avoiding U.S. warships and plane that then reportedly gave chase.
The Iranian report stated that the ship reached Iranian waters on October 25.
A U.S. protection official talking to Newsweek on the situation of anonymity laid out a counternarrative of this occasion.
“We’re refuting the Iranian claims that they prevented us from taking again this vessel,” the official stated. “Here is the underside line. This occurred final week. U.S. naval forces within the Gulf of Oman noticed Iranian naval forces seize this oil tanker.”
The official described what responding U.S. forces noticed.
“There have been about over 10 Iranian quick boats that swarmed this factor,” the official stated. “There was a helicopter scene flying round and, backside line, our forces responded to watch the state of affairs.”
The official stated that the U.S. declined to launch the main points of the incident final week “attributable to various sensitivities,” and that “Iran is now spinning this towards us saying that they prevented us from taking again this vessel when it’s extremely clear that our forces had been merely there monitoring.”
The U.S. has beforehand confiscated various tankers carrying Iranian oil, accusing them of violating U.S. sanctions that prohibit the Islamic Republic exporting its pure sources.