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Iran Guards seize ‘overseas’ diesel-smuggling boat

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The incident comes within the wake of a sequence of assaults on business vessels within the sea lanes serving the Gulf.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards stated Saturday that they had seized a boat smuggling diesel within the Gulf and arrested its 11 overseas crew members.

“Thanks to our intelligence services and in a coordinated operation, our navy seized a foreign vessel with 11 crew members in our territorial waters,” stated Guards’ Colonel Ahmad Hajian, in response to state tv’s Iribnews web site.

Mr. Hajian didn’t specify both the date of the seizure, the nationality of the boat or its crew, or additional particulars in regards to the vessel and its origin.

“After the inspection, more than 150,000 litres of contraband diesel were seized and the 11 foreign crew members were brought before a court,” he added.

The incident comes within the wake of a sequence of assaults on business vessels within the sea lanes serving the Gulf, the place a big portion of the world’s oil is produced and shipped.

On November 10, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps introduced the discharge of the Vietnamese-flagged MV Sothys tanker which that they had seized in October within the Sea of Oman.

The newest incident comes because the Islamic republic is getting ready to renew talks with main powers aimed toward ending a standoff over its nuclear deal.

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