The Wednesday report by the Tasnim news agency said that Washington had become increasingly irritated by the fact that Iran has managed to get round US sanctions and sell its oil cargoes to customers in Asia and elsewhere.
The report said that a recent attempt by the US marine forces to confiscate Iranian oil cargo in the Sea of Oman was a sign that Washington had become desperate in its efforts to choke off Iran’s oil trade.
“Following the failure of US government’s maximum pressure campaign to stifle Iran’s rising crude exports and given the new wave of growth in the Iranian oil exports, we witnessed an attempt by this country (the US) which reflects the Great Satan is hopeless,” said the report quoted by presstv.ir.
Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced on Wednesday that its naval forces have recently thwarted an attempt by the United States to take over a giant oil tanker in the Sea of Oman and moved the vessel to Iranian territorial waters.
Iran's Oil Minister Javad Owji thanked the IRGC for rescuing the oil cargo from "American pirates".
The analysis by Tasnim, which is close to the IRGC, claimed that Iran’s oil exports had increased under a new administration that came to office in early August.
Reports have suggested that Iran is planning to ramp up its exports of crude and petroleum products in the upcoming months as the country come up with solutions to circumvent a series of US sanctions that have targeted its energy trade since 2018.
Moreover, another report by Mehr News Agency said that a US defense official has confirmed to Newsweek the last week's seizure of an oil tanker by the Iranian IRGC naval forces in the Sea of Oman.
The News Week quoted a US defense official as confirming that Iranian forces seized an oil tanker in the Sea of Oman last week, but the pentagon official claimed that the US naval forces were just observing the incident and did not confront IRGC.
However, the video of the incident released by the IRGC clearly shows that the US warships are in the vicinity of the oil tanker trying to steal it but their plot failed due to the rapid and decisive reaction of the IRGC forces.