As a ‘foreign ship’ is seized off the coast of Iran, tensions between the two countries rise. Commanders board the vessel.
In the Gulf, Iran seized a foreign ship that was “smuggling diesel” during its journey.
More than 150,000 litres of diesel were discovered onboard, according to Guy Ester, foreign affairs editor of Walla News, who updated his followers on Twitter.
“(hashtag)BREAKING (hashtag)Iran navy says it has seized a foreign ship in the Gulf while’smuggling diesel,” Mr Ester tweeted.
“Seizure of a foreign ship in Persian waters,” Iran’s Tasnim News agency tweeted.
“Commander of the Parsian city’s Naval Type 412 Zulfiqar:
“In the waters of this city, Navy Parsian Marines apprehend a foreign ship carrying smuggled fuel.”
“More than 150,000 liters of smuggled diesel were discovered after inspecting the vessel.”
Iran was slammed recently for taunting a US warship in the Gulf of Oman.
After flying within 25 yards of the USS Essex, an Iranian helicopter was involved in what appeared to be a fly-by.
The Iranian helicopter’s cockpit could see US warplanes during the incident.
“Without getting into specifics, the crew of the Essex took the appropriate force protection measures they felt were necessary, and they acted in accordance with international law,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said of the Essex’s response to the fly-by.
Mr Kirby went on to say that the incident had no bearing on the ship’s operations.
“You definitely run the risk of some sort of escalation and a miscalculation on either side here,” Mr Kirby continued, “when you have another armed force — in this case, the Iranian navy — that flies like this.”
“Just because it ended peacefully doesn’t mean it was safe and professional.
“It wasn’t at all,” she stated emphatically.
“It’s dangerous because it could lead to miscalculations,” the press secretary added.