Dubai (Web Desk) – Iranian forcesseized two Greek tankers in the Gulf on Friday, shortly after Tehran warned it would take” punitiveaction” against Athens over the confiscation of Iranian canvas by the United States from a tanker held off the Greek seacoast.
” The Revolutionary Guards Navy momentseized two Greek tankers for violations in Gulf waters,” said a Guardsstatement, quoted by Iranian state news agency IRNA. It gave no fartherdetails and didn’t say what the alleged violations were.
Greece’s foreignministrysaid an Iranian cortegecopterlanded on Greek flagged vessel Delta Poseidon, which wassailing in transnational waters, 22 navigationalcountry miles from the Iranian reinforcement, and took the crew hostage, among them two Greek citizens.
It said a analogousincidenttookplace on another Greek- flagged vessel near Iran, without naming the boat, adding both conductviolatedtransnationallaw and Greece hadinformed its abettors, as well as complained to Iran’s minister in Athens.
Greece- grounded Delta Tankers, which operates the Delta Poseidon, couldn’t beincontinentlyreached for comment.
Greek authoritieslast month impounded the Iranian- flagged Pegas, with 19 Russian crewmembers on board, near the seacoast of the southern islet of Evia due to European Union warrants.
The United States latterlysequestered the Iranian canvasweightheld onboard and plans to shoot it to the United States on another vessel, Reuters reported on Thursday.
The Pegas waslatterlyreleased, but the seizureinflamedpressures at a delicatetime, with Iran and worldpowersseeking to revive a nuclear deal that Washington abandoned under former President Donald Trump in favour of returningwarrants on Iran. Before on Friday, Nour News, which is combined to an Iranian statesecuritybody, said on Twitter” Following the seizure of an Iranian tanker by the Greek government and the transfer of its canvas to the Americans,#Iran has decided to takecorrectiveaction against#Greece.”
It didn’t say what kind of action Iran would take.
The Pegas was among five vesselsdesignated by Washington onFeb. 22- two days before Russia’s irruption of Ukraine- for warrants against Promsvyazbank, a bank viewed as critical to Russia’s defence sector.
It wasunclear whether the weightwas impounded because it was Iranian canvas or due to the warrants on the tanker over its Russian links. Iran and Russia faceseparateU.S. warrants.