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Iran Seizes U.S. Ship, U.S. Navy Denies Report [UPDATED]

A U.S. ship carrying cargo was said to have been seized by Iranian forces, but U.S. Navy officials denied the report, which came from the official Twitter feed of Saudi Arabian al-Arabiya television station. The station reported that Iranian forces took a U.S. ship that had about 34 American sailors onboard. They have reportedly taken the ship to the port at Bandar Abbas.

Iran Seizes U.S. Ship, U.S. Navy Denies Report [UPDATED]

Details on the reported U.S. ship seizure

The Saudi TV network also reported that Iranian forces fired on the U.S. ship, which would have probably resulted in a sudden escalation of violence in the Persian Gulf if the report had been true. Not long after the first report appeared, officials with the U.S. Navy denied it

Al-Arabiya did not say where it received the information. According to the BBC, Fars, “Iran’s semi-official” news agency, reported that Iranian forces detained the U.S. ship for trespassing on Iranian waters.

Shortly after these reports, Reuters reported on its Top News Twitter feed that Iranian forces boarded the MV Maersk Tigris in the Persian Gulf. The news agency cited the Pentagon. The ship is flagged from Marshall Island and not the U.S.

Some were speculating that Saudi Arabia may have been seeking to derail the Iran nuclear deal. It’s no secret that Saudi Arabian officials oppose the deal between Iran and the U.S.

Crude oil prices rise on report about U.S. ship

Oil prices rose after the report about the U.S. cargo ship. According to Bloomberg, West Texas Intermedia for June delivery saw a 59 cent increase, rising to $57.58 per barrel at the New York Mercantile Exchange. Futures volume was 31% lower than the 100-day average for the reported time of 10:14 a.m. Brent for June settlement increased 0.6% or 39 cents to $65.22 per barrel at the ICE Futures Europe exchange in London. Volume was 32% below the 100-day average.

According to Reuters (via CNBC), the U.S. dollar declined 0.42% against a currency basket, reducing Brent’s decline.

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  • michael894

    Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee,
    and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today released the following statement on
    Iran’s seizure of the Maersk Tigris, a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo
    ship transiting the Strait of Hormuz:

    “Iran’s seizure of the Maersk Tigris, a Marshall Islands-flagged
    cargo ship transiting the Strait of Hormuz, is a serious and deliberate
    provocation against the United States and the international community.
    Under the Compact of Free Association, the United States is responsible
    for the defense of the Marshall Islands. This incident comes just days
    after an Iranian naval patrol intercepted and surrounded a U.S.-flagged
    cargo ship in the same area. This act is another display of Iran’s
    contempt for the rules-based international order and a threat to the
    freedom of navigation in one of the world’s most vital sea lanes.”

  • sensi

    More debunked garbage from the Saudi Arabia’s owned Al Arabya propagandist rag… Published without any corroboration and research by our so-called “free press”…

    BTW:
    “Saudi Arabia is said to be the world’s largest source of funds and promoter of Salafist jihadism, which forms the ideological basis of terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda, Taliban, ISIS and others. Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide, according to Hillary Clinton. According to a secret December 2009 paper signed by the US secretary of state, “Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaida, the Taliban, LeT and other terrorist groups.”” (wikipedia, State-sponsored_terrorism)

  • Shake Tiller

    How ridiculous. The is a totally bogus site. factually incorrect and full of inuendo. How low can you go?