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Iran Claims it Seized Foreign Oil Tanker Over Smuggling Allegations

Iranian media reported on Thursday the nation had captured a foreign oil tanker and its crew days ago over allegations it was smuggling oil.

Iran claims it has seized a foreign oil tanker and its crew of 12 over allegations the tanker was smuggling oil.

Iranian media made the announcement on Thursday saying the nation’s Revolutionary Guard Corps took control of the tanker on July 14.

According to the report, the tanker and its crew were allegedly involved in smuggling over 260,000 gallons of oil from Iranians which was headed for foreign clients.

The announcement comes just days after a tanker belonging to the United Arab Emirates disappeared in the region.

Reports surfaced shortly after the U.S. suspected Iran was involved in the disappearance despite Iranian officials claiming the nation helped the vessel.

The Islamic Republic did not give further details and it remains unclear to which country the captured oil tanker belongs to.  

This comes as tension between Washington and Tehran continues to mount over the Islamic Republic’s violation of the 2015 nuclear deal.

In recent weeks, Iran has reportedly surpassed both the uranium stockpile and enrichment thresholds as set by the deal.

President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the nuclear accord last year citing its faulty terms which many claimed did not adequately restrict nuclear production.

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