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Officials Tell AP That Iran Seized Vietnamese Oil Tanker

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This frame grab from a video released by Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, shows a Guard soldier on a speed boat in front of a U.S warship amid the seizure of a Vietnamese-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman. Iran seized the tanker in the Gulf of Oman last month and still holds the vessel, two U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday, revealing the latest provocation in Mideast waters as tensions escalate between Iran and the United States over Tehran's nuclear program. (Revolutionary Guard via AP)

(AP) — Iran seized a Vietnamese-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman last month and still holds the vessel off Bandar Abbas. That’s according to two U.S. officials who spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday.

One of the officials said Iranian Revolutionary Guard troops took control of the MV Southys on Oct. 24 at gunpoint. A motive for the seizure remains unclear. Officials in Vietnam could not be immediately reached for comment.

The two U.S. officials spoke on condition of anonymity as the information had yet to be made public amid ongoing attempts to restart talks in Vienna with Iran over its tattered nuclear deal.

 

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