The Trump administration has reportedly “confiscated cargo” on four oil tankers that were en route to Venezuela carrying Iranian oil. The Wall Street Journal reported that the move comes as the administration looks to up its “campaign of maximum pressure” against the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.
H/T: The Daily Wire
“Last month U.S. federal prosecutors filed suit to seize the four tankers of gasoline that Iran was sending to Venezuela, the latest move in the administration’s effort to stifle flows of goods and money helping to keep two of its top foes in power,” The Wall Street Journal reported.
“One official said the vessels had been taken over without the use of military force but didn’t provide any details. Last year the U.S. tried unsuccessfully to use judicial cooperation agreements to take control of an Iranian oil vessel that had been detained in the British territory of Gibraltar.”
“The U.S. government’s lawsuit alleges that an Iranian businessman affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s elite military unit designated by the U.S. as a terror group, arranged the fuel deliveries through a network of shell companies to avoid detection and evade U.S. sanctions,” The Wall Street Journal added. “The action is the latest in a series of moves the U.S. has taken against Iran and its ally Venezuela as part of a broad operation to pressure the governments in Tehran and Caracas to meet U.S. demands.”
“The Trump administration has for the first time confiscated cargo in vessels allegedly loaded with Iran fuel in violation of sanctions, U.S. officials said, as it steps up its campaign of maximum pressure against Tehran.” https://t.co/FZx5ywUYc8— Mike (@Doranimated) August 14, 2020
A senior U.S official said that no military force was used in the seizures and that the ships weren’t physically confiscated, the U.S. threatened the ship owners and captains with sanctions to force them to hand over their cargo, which is now US property https://t.co/awbgM4DSFy— CNW (@ConflictsW) August 14, 2020
Brian Hook: "Peace between the Arabs and the Israelis is Iran's worst nightmare."— Len Khodorkovsky (@MessageFromLen) August 13, 2020
The losers of today's Israel-UAE announcement: Iran's regime and its puppets. The winners: Israel, UAE and everyone who desires peace. This couldn't have happened without the Trump Administration. pic.twitter.com/7vo42I5cFB
Been trying for minute......https://t.co/O3bDnwyknE— Kev (@Technocrat21mb) August 13, 2020
US Centcom says a Sea King helicopter was used to seize Wila. That suggests the Artesh (regular army) was involved.— Kian Sharifi (@KianSharifi) August 13, 2020
As of 2019, the Artesh Navy had a fleet of 16 Sea Kings, according to YJC (https://t.co/uBnPimig1D).
The IRGC Navy doesn't appear to use Sea Kings. #Iran https://t.co/37jYX9ivlD