Iran’s Revolutionary Guards say they seized two Greek oil tankers in Arabian Gulf as a consequence of ‘violations’ that have been dedicated.
Iranian forces seized two Greek tankers within the Gulf on Friday, Iranian state media reported, shortly after Tehran warned it might take “punitive motion” towards Athens over the confiscation of Iranian oil by america from a tanker held off the Greek coast.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) mentioned in a press release on their official web site on Friday that they seized two Greek oil tankers within the Arabian Gulf “as a consequence of violations that have been dedicated.” The assertion didn’t elaborate on what the “violations” have been.
Greece responded by accusing Iran of “piracy” after the IRGC mentioned they seized two Greek-flagged oil tankers within the Gulf Friday.
“These actions are tantamount to acts of piracy,” the overseas ministry mentioned in a press release, warning Greek residents to keep away from travelling to Iran. It mentioned it had strongly protested to the Iranian ambassador in Athens towards the “violent” seizure.
The transfer got here amid a dispute between the 2 nations in regards to the destiny of an Iranian oil cargo on board a Russian-flagged tanker that was seized in Greece in April.
Athens mentioned Iranian navy helicopters had landed armed males on the 2 tankers earlier on Friday.
Considered one of them, the Delta Poseidon, was crusing in worldwide waters on the time, the ministry mentioned.
A spokeswoman on the Athens-based firm Polembros recognized the second tanker because the Prudent Warrior.
“The ship has been seized by the Iranian authorities. Now we have no communication with them at the moment,” she informed AFP.
The Greek overseas ministry mentioned the second tanker was close to the Iranian coast when seized.
The ministry mentioned 9 Greeks have been among the many crews of the vessels, however didn’t give the variety of different sailors on board.
Athens has knowledgeable the European Union and the Worldwide Maritime Organisation of the incident, the ministry mentioned.
On Wednesday, Greece mentioned it might ship 115,000 tonnes of Iranian oil from the tanker seized in April to america on the request of the US Treasury, which oversees the enforcement of sanctions on Iran.
Iran’s overseas ministry demanded earlier on Friday that Greece launch the vessel, saying the deliberate switch of its cargo to the US was a “clear violation” of worldwide regulation.
Athens has linked the tanker seizure in Greece to sanctions imposed on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine in February.
The Iranian overseas ministry earlier this week summoned the Greek cost d’affaires to protest.
Iran’s overseas ministry additionally summoned the Swiss cost d’affaires, whose nation has dealt with US pursuits in Iran ever since ties have been lower between Tehran and Washington following the 1979 revolution.
The ministry protested “the US authorities’s strain and intervention” that led to the seizure of the ship by Greek authorities final month.
EU member Greece mentioned on the time it was implementing sanctions the bloc had imposed on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine in February.
Iran accused the US of a “clear violation of the regulation of the ocean and the related worldwide conventions” and “known as for the speedy lifting of the seizure of the ship and its cargo”.
The row over the tanker has taken place towards the backdrop of tense efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran, the US and a number of other different world powers.
The US reimposed crippling sanctions on Iran after then-President Donald Trump pulled out of a nuclear settlement between Tehran and main powers in 2018.