Iran claims IRGC seized UK-flagged tanker… But it’s not the one missing

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy stopped a foreign oil tanker in Lark Island in the Persian Gulf which was carrying 1mln liters of smuggled fuel from Iran, the IRGC said Thursday, but meantime, dismissed seizure of any other foreign vessel as claimed by the foreign media several days ago, as reported by FARS news agency.

The public relations office of the IRGC Navy’s first zone issued a statement on Thursday, saying that western media reports which claim that any other vessel has been confiscated by the IRGC are rejected.

It added that the ship was seized in a surprise action last Sunday during control operations and monitoring the vessels crossing the Persian Gulf with judiciary coordination and decree South of Lark Island after the IRGC was assured that it was carrying smuggled fuel which amounted to 1mln liters.

“The ship which enjoys the capacity to carry 2mln liters of fuel was sailing with 12 foreign crews to deliver the smuggled fuel received from the Iranian dhows to foreign ships in farther areas but it failed thanks to the IRGC Naval forces’ vigilance,” the statement said.

It added that the ship’s case is being studied by the judiciary authorities, saying that the Iranian vessels stationed in the region do not hesitate even a moment to safeguard the Iranian nation’s interests and wealth and carry out their security missions and confront organized smuggling of fuel firmly and vigilantly round the clock.

The IRGC, meantime, denied claims that it has seized any other foreign ship as claimed by the foreign media in the last several days, reiterating that the ship with smuggled fuel has been the only one seized by the IRGC Navy.