UAEのタンカーがイランから石油を密輸していた?: ずくなしの冷や水

2019年07月19日

UAEのタンカーがイランから石油を密輸していた?

他の国のタンカーがホルムズ海峡で故障しイランが自国の港へ曳航したとの情報がありましたが、このタンカーは密輸船だったようです。当初、故障したタンカーはUAEの船とされていました。UAEは真っ青です。英国がイランに航行の自由とか何か主張していますが、イランの港から出たことは確からしい。

輸出業者に因果を含めて盗品で密輸が目的だったしと証言させた? でも故障したタンカーは追跡のための信号を止めていたとされます。そうであれば、最初から密輸船。後から国内業者に嘘の証言を強要する必要はありません。さあてどうなるか。

イランは故障したタンカーはUAEに属するとしていましたが、密輸船については所属国籍を明らかにしていません。

英国の旗を掲げていたとの説もあります。

石油が一時値上がりしたそうです。

FARSNEWS2019/7/19
Oil Price Jumps After 1mln Liter of Smuggled Fuel Seized in Persian Gulf
TEHRAN (FNA)- The price of oil spiked on Thursday just minutes after Tehran seized a “foreign vessel” which was “smuggling” one million liters of fuel near Larak Island in the Strait of Hormuz off Iran’s coast.

Oil prices reacted sharply to the media report over the seizure of the ship in the Persian Gulf, with Brent crude up 1% at $64.27 a barrel and West Texas Intermediate futures up 0.8% at $57.22 a barrel.

Naval forces of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) have seized a foreign ship smuggling fuel in the Persian Gulf in mid-July, according to a statement by the public relations office of the IRGC Navy's first zone on Thursday. The foreign vessel was smuggling a million liters of fuel from Iran and was seized in Iranian waters South of Lark island. Yet, the IRGC refuted claims by western media outlets that it has seized any other foreign ship.

Tensions mounted between Tehran and Washington last May, when President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and re-imposed harsh sanctions against the Islamic Republic in defiance of global criticism. The American leader and his hawkish advisers National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have since been stepping up pressure against Iranians, threatening Tehran of military operation.

Analysts note that a full-fledged war between the US and Iran would immediately affect global crude prices, as the recent escalation of tensions in the Middle East has already shown.

In early July, British marines and Gibraltar police seized the Iranian tanker off the Southern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo claimed that the ship was transporting crude oil to Syria “in violation” of the EU sanctions placed on Damascus. Washington has applauded the move, hailing it as a sign that Europe is on board with the US’ unilateral sanctions against Iran.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned the “illegal move” of London and describing it as “tantamount to piracy”. Tehran accused the UK of doing Washington’s bidding and helping the US attempt to stifle the Islamic Republic’s oil exports, rejected London's claim that the supertanker was carrying crude for Syria.


RT2019/7/18
‘Smuggling fuel’: Iran state TV shows VIDEO of seized tanker days after UAE-based vessel vanishes
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has released footage showing the seizure of a ship “smuggling fuel” in the Persian Gulf. The vessel bears the name of the UAE-owned tanker that recently vanished in the Gulf.

The footage shows several Iranian boats circling the tanker, apparently forcing it to stop. Another video was captured from the ship’s deck, showing details of the vessel.

The ship in the video is apparently the MT Riah – a Panamanian-flagged tanker that went missing on Sunday. Tehran initially said that the ship experienced technical issues and was towed into Iranian water for repair.

According to the IRGC, the incident took place to the south of Iran’s Larak Island, which is located in the northern part of the Strait of Hormuz. The vessel had 12 crewmembers on board when it was detained, the IRGC said, giving no further information on their names or nationalities.

The ship has allegedly been engaging into repeated trips between different emirates of the UAE – presumably carrying oil or fuel. But an Emirati security official earlier denied that the UAE owns or operates the vessel, adding that ‘Riah’ did not send a distress call during the incident.

The incident with the MT Riah came shortly after another Panamanian-flagged vessel, Grace 1, was seized by the UK in the Strait of Gibraltar. The British claimed the vessel was carrying Iranian crude to fuel-strapped Syria and therefore was violating EU sanctions. Tehran reacted angrily to the arrest of the ship, comparing it to an act of piracy and berating London for kowtowing to the US.

FARSNEWS
Iranian Revolutionary Guards Detain Foreign Tanker in Persian Gulf Carrying Contraband Fuel - Report

The situation remains tense in the Gulf since Iran vowed to seize British ships in response to an Iranian tanker carrying oil being detained in Gibraltar. London believes the oil was destined for Syria, thus violating European sanctions against the country, but Tehran has denied this and demanded the vessel be released.

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps forces have detained a foreign tanker along with 12 crewmembers south of Larak Island in the Persian Gulf over suspicions that it was smuggling one million litres of oil, Fars News Agency reported. There has so far been no information about the tanker's name or the country it belongs to.

According to the Tasnim News Agency, citing an IRGC spokesperson, the ship was stopped by the Iranian forces on 14 July and was detained after they confirmed it was carrying contraband oil. Reuters reported, citing a local TV, that the detained vessel was the one that sent a distress call on Sunday. The tanker was reportedly transporting oil from Iranian smugglers to buyers abroad.

"The vessel that Iran towed to its waters after receiving a distress call, was later seized with the order from a court as we found out that it was smuggling fuel", the IRGC spokesman said in a statement on state TV.

The UK, which currently has strained relations with Iran, was quick to react to the news, saying that it is trying to find additional information on the tanker's arrest, Reuters reported. A government spokesperson has called on Iran to take steps to ease the situation in the region.

"We continue to urge the Iranian authorities to de-escalate the situation in the region. We are continuously monitoring the security situation there and are committed to maintaining freedom of navigation, in accordance with international law", the British government's spokesperson said.

On the same day, US Central Command chief General Kenneth McKenzie announced during a joint press conference with Saudi General Prince Fahd bin Turki that he would be working "aggressively" to ensure the freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf and that he has been contacting other countries on the matter. When asked about participating in the initiative, Prince Fahd stated that the country has already organised a military escort for its ships in the Red Sea.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry stated on 16 July that the country's forces had approached an international oil tanker that requested assistance due to experiencing a technical fault. The oil tanker was then tugged to Iranian waters to conduct the necessary repairs, the ministry added.

The statement came in the wake of the US voicing suspicions that Tehran could have seized a United Arab Emirates-based oil tanker that had turned off its tracker on 14 July, when sailing through the Strait of Hormuz.

The situation in the Gulf has escalated since British authorities seized an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar on 4 July over a tip from the US claiming that it was carrying oil bound for Syria in violation of European sanctions. Tehran slammed the arrest and denied sending oil to Syria. The Islamic Republic accused London of endangering international shipments and demanded the release of the vessel.

Tehran also warned it could seize British ships if its demands are not met, prompting the Royal Navy to start escorting UK ships in the Gulf and sending additional military vessels to the region.
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