Spokesman of Iran’s Foreign Ministry Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday that the South Korean oil tanker was seized for “technical” reasons and based on judicial order as it was polluting the environment.
Iran’s IRGC elite military force has unveiled a second long-range crude tanker built by its engineering and construction headquarters, a sign the force keeps expanding its growth capacities in defiance of bans imposed by the United States.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Wednesday that the country condemns any destructive move against maritime security and freedom of international trade following the explosion of a fuel tanker off the Saudi port of Jeddah.
Iran successfully retook an oil tanker wanted by the United States for allegedly skirting sanctions on the Islamic Republic, and now the vessel is located off the coast of the country near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
Iran will continue fuel shipments to Venezuela if Caracas requests more supplies, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday, rejecting Washington’s criticism of the trade between the two nations, which are both under US sanctions.
Fuel shipped from Iran began arriving at Venezuela’s gasoline stations on Saturday, just hours before President Nicolas Maduro announced higher prices at the pump that are set to end more than two decades of almost-free gasoline.
Venezuelan Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami thanked Iran on Monday for sending fuel, additives, and spare parts to increase fuel distribution and boost refinery output in the gasoline-starved South American country, after the first in a flotilla of five Iranian fuel tankers docked at a Venezuelan port.