The US Navy stopped Iranian forces from seizing two oil tankers close to the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday, AP reported, rising tensions between the international locations as they search to ease relations strained by Iran’s nuclear program and the detention of international nationals.
Iranian forces fired photographs on the tankers however didn’t trigger any casualties or main harm, the report stated, citing US Navy Fifth Fleet Spokesman Tim Hawkins. The Iranian ships backed off after the US Navy responded to misery indicators from the realm, AP stated.
The transfer comes days after a tanker beforehand seized by the US for allegedly transporting Iranian crude arrived in Texas.
This yr, Iran has taken management of not less than three oil tankers across the waterway, a key transit route for oil exports from the Persian Gulf, citing judicial complaints and solid leasing paperwork.
Relations between the US and Iran have been tense because the efficient collapse in 2018 of an settlement to curb Iran’s nuclear program. After the final confirmed ship seizure in March, the 2 international locations have held oblique talks on prisoner swaps and the discharge of Iranian funds frozen overseas on account of sanctions.