Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces have seized a foreign oil tanker with a crew of 12, which they accuse of smuggling oil in the Persian Gulf, Iran’s state TV reported Thursday. The report did not name the vessel, but Iranian state TV earlier said the Guard came to the tanker’s aid when it sent a distress call before impounding it, according to the Reuters news agency.
The move comes days after an oil tanker based in the United Arab Emirates — the Panamanian-flagged MT Riah — disappeared off trackers in Iranian territorial waters. Later Thursday, Iranian media aired video it said was released by the Revolutionary Guard of a ship which appeared to be the Riah. Read More