News ID: 321927
Published: 0232 GMT May 28, 2022

Iran seizes two Greek tankers ‘due to violations’ in Persian Gulf

Iran seizes two Greek tankers ‘due to violations’ in Persian Gulf

International Desk

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) seized two Greek oil tankers in the Persian Gulf Friday in helicopter-launched” operations, days after Greece confirmed it would deliver to the United States Iranian oil it had seized from a Russian-operated tanker.

The IRGC said in a statement that its naval force seized the Greek oil tankers due to violations that were committed".

Nour News, a website close to Irans Supreme National Security Council, warned a short time earlier that Tehran decided to take punitive action” over Greece assisting the US in confiscating Iranian oil from a tanker held off the Greek coast.

Greece accused Iran of "piracy" with its Foreign Ministry saying Iranian helicopters had landed commandos on the two tankers, identified as the Delta Poseidon and the Prudent Warrior, AFP wrote.

Both vessels had come from Iraqs Basra oil terminal, loaded with crude, according to tracking data from MarineTraffic.com.

A US defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AP that the ships had turned off their tracking devices.

Iran's Foreign Ministry demanded earlier Friday that Greece release the Iranian-flagged vessel, saying the planned transfer of its cargo to the US was a "clear violation" of international law. It had already summoned the Swiss charge d'affaires, whose country has handled US interests in Iran, to protested "the US government's pressure and intervention" that led to the seizure of the ship by Greek authorities last month.

Athens confirmed on Wednesday it intended to send the 115,000 tons of Iranian oil from the tanker Pegas to the United States at the request of the US Treasury. A source in the Greek coastguard said the transfer of the cargo to a Liberian-flagged vessel for onward delivery to the US had begun on Thursday.

 

 

   
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