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US Seizes Four Iranian Tankers Full Of Fuel Bound For Venezuela, Transports To Houston

US Seizes Four Iranian Tankers Full Of Fuel Bound For Venezuela, Transports To Houston
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The U.S. government has seized four Iranian tankers full of fuel and is transporting the vessels to the port of Houston in the Gulf of Mexico.

A U.S. official confirmed the seizure of the four vessels, dubbed the Bering, Bella, Luna and Pandi, in a statement to the Wall Street Journal, and explained further that the craft were seized without the use of military force. It wasn’t immediately clear where the seizures occurred or which U.S. agencies were involved, reported The Hill.

“Iran’s use of its military forces to conduct an armed boarding of a commercial vessel in international waters constitutes a blatant violation of international law that undermines freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce,” responded the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) in a statement retweeted by U.S. Central Command on Thursday. “We call on Iran to articulate to the international community the legal basis for its actions. This type of reckless, aggressive behavior by Iran destabilizes the region and threatens the rules based international order.”

Later in July, when Iran again sent tankers for a second round of deliveries, which the two countries earlier announced would be ‘routine’, US federal prosecutors filed a lawsuit for the seizure of over 1.1 million barrels of gasoline on the four vessels. A judge issued a warrant for the seizure, but it remained unclear whether this could or would be carried out if the tankers never enter US territorial waters, reported Zero Hedge.

“One official said the vessels had been taken over without the use of military force but didn’t provide any details.”

“Senior administration officials are expected to meet the tankers in the coming days at an event scheduled to mark the docking, the officials said,” wrote The Wall Street Journal.

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Jonathan Swift August 15, 2020 at 4:18 pm

I view this as a show of strength.

Iran recently seized Liberian flagged tankers, so this shows them that what they do can be done to them.

It also highlights how far down Socialism has brought Venezuela. Before Socialism took over their country, the used to be the biggest oil exporter in the Western Hemisphere and now they have to import oil.

Socialism is a problem, not a solution!

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rickey ricardo August 15, 2020 at 4:34 pm

Peggy Noonan claims there is an empty White House with no one in charge demonstrating, but once again her complete and total misunderstanding of who and what a functioning Presidency looks like, or what a coherent middle eastern, foreign policy looks like.

By thwarting a radical Shite Iran and forging the beginnings of peace with the Palestians (UAE-Israeli) agreement, we also effectively combat terrorism. And speaking of snakes, Peggy Noonan would do well to be informed. One kills a snake by cutting off its head.

Donald Trump’s Administration fences with Iran, Venezuela and Palestine — touche while wrestling with China the Wuhan noodle virus, the economy, the Democratic Party, the media and the entire global establishment. Check, check, check, check, check and check.

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