Iran Seizes Foreign Oil Tanker Accused of Smuggling Fuel: State TV

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a military parade marking the 38th anniversary of Iraq’s 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of the late revolutionary founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, outside Tehran, Iran on Sept. 22, 2018. (Ebrahim Noroozi/AP Photo)

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has seized a foreign oil tanker because it was smuggling fuel, according to the country’s state television.

Iran’s Press TV said on July 18 that the Guard Corps seized the “foreign vessel,” which was supposedly smuggling one million barrels of fuel. It was seized near Larak Island in the Persian Gulf.

According to Iran’s Fars News agency, the ship had 12 foreign crew members on board and capacity for 2 million liters of fuel.

The Revolutionary Guards said the impounded vessel—which Iranian authorities have not yet named—was the same one it towed after it sent a distress call.

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