Iran says crew of two seized Greek tankers not being detained and on board

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Iranian forces seized two Greek oil tankers in the Gulf, shortly after Tehran warned it would take ‘punitive action’ against Athens over the US confiscation of Iranian oil from a tanker held offshore Greek coasts.

Iran’s state maritime body said on Saturday that the crew of two Greek tankers seized by its Revolutionary Guards on Friday had not been arrested, were in good health and were being treated on board. their ships. Iranian forces seized two Greek oil tankers in the Gulf on Friday, shortly after Tehran warned it would take ‘punitive action’ against Athens over the US confiscation of Iranian oil from a tanker held offshore Greek.

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“The crew of the two Greek tankers have not been arrested, and all crew members (…) are in good health and are protected, and provided with the necessary services on board, in accordance with international law,” he said. said the Iranian Maritime and Port Organization. said in a statement carried by state media.

Both vessels were arrested for unspecified “maritime violations”, the body said.

Greece said Friday that an Iranian navy helicopter landed on the Greek-flagged ship Delta Poseidon in international waters and took the crew hostage. He said a similar incident happened on another Greek-flagged vessel near Iran, without naming the vessel. Athens said both actions violated international law.

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He said a similar incident happened on another Greek-flagged vessel near Iran, without naming the vessel.

Last month, Greek authorities seized the Iranian-flagged Pegas off the coast of Greece due to European Union sanctions. The United States then confiscated the cargo of Iranian oil held on board, Reuters reported on Thursday.

The Pegas and its Russian crew were later released, but the seizure inflamed tensions as Iran and world powers sought to reinvigorate a 2015 nuclear deal.

Separately, Nour News, affiliated with an Iranian state security body, said: “Iran will not remain passive in the face of any threat against its interests, and testing Iran’s will is a strategic mistake that will incur heavy costs for the United States and those around it.”

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Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh tweeted: “Our ties must not be hampered by profoundly myopic miscalculations, including highway robberies by order of a third party.”

In 2019, Iran seized a British tanker near the Strait of Hormuz over alleged violations two weeks after British forces detained an Iranian tanker near Gibraltar, accusing it of shipping oil to Syria in violation. European Union sanctions. Both ships were later released.

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