December 7, 2021

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Iran claims it thwarted a US attempt to seize an oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards have thwarted an attempt by the US Navy to seize an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman. State TV reported on Wednesday, according to AFP and Reuters.

The television did not release details of the time of the accident and in which country the ship was registered.

She added, “The US Navy stopped an Iranian oil tanker and transferred the entire shipment to another ship. However, this (second) tanker was seized by the Revolutionary Guards of the Naval Air Force. The United States later tried to seize the ship using a warship and several helicopters, but without Feasibility. The tanker is currently in the waters of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

The US Naval Base in Bahrain said it was aware of the incident but refused to provide further information.

Iran has repeatedly warned the United States

Iran has repeatedly warned the United States about its military activities in the region. In order to secure the navigation of Iranian ships and prevent oil smuggling, Tehran has tightened patrols in the Gulf.

Talks between Iran and world powers began in April about a possible reconclusion of the nuclear deal after new US President Joe Biden demonstrated his willingness to return to the negotiating table and lift sanctions imposed by the previous US administration. However, the talks have been suspended since June, when Iran’s presidential elections were held and hard-line conservative Ebrahim Raisi was elected president.

The Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, said on Wednesday that negotiations to renew the nuclear deal will not succeed unless Biden ensures that the United States withdraws from the agreement again in the future.

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It is expected that Iran will announce this week the specific date for the resumption of negotiations on returning to the nuclear agreement in Vienna, which is scheduled to take place at the end of next November.

In 2015, Washington lifted sanctions on Iranian oil exports in exchange for a nuclear deal. It included strict restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activity. However, in 2018, then US President Donald Trump abandoned the agreement and reimposed severe sanctions.