A British maritime security agency said a ship may have been hijacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, killing two people five days after an attack on a tanker.
The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations initially reported a “non-piracy” incident on an unidentified ship before turning it into a “possible hijack”.
Maritime security analysts at Dry Global and Aurora Intelligence identified the endangered ship as the Panama-flagged Asphalt Princess.
The plane was heading to Iran under the control of gunmen, industry intelligence site Lloyd List said.
The Marine Traffic website, which classifies the ship as asphalt and bitumen tanker, said it was traveling to the port of Suhr on the north coast of Oman.
The opening of the Strait of Hormuz – one of the world’s busiest waterways – comes just days after an attack on an Israeli-linked tanker bound for the United Arab Emirates, which the United States and its allies have blamed on Iran. Was
“The ‘events’ reported in the Persian Gulf and the wider region appear highly suspicious,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzada said on Tuesday.
“Reaffirming our strong commitment to regional stability and maritime security, Iran is ready to offer assistance in the event of a maritime accident,” Khatibzada wrote on Twitter.
The United States has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Iran’s intelligence have been made more than once.
“When it comes to this particular incident, it’s too early for us to make a decision,” Price told reporters.
White House spokeswoman Jane Sackie said the United States was in close contact with Britain over the incident.
Although Iran has denied any involvement in Thursday’s bombing of Mt.
Two crew members, from Britain and Romania, died on the Liberian-flagged ship, which is being managed by prominent Israeli billionaire Ayal Offer.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blankenship vowed a collective response to the incident, which he described as a “direct threat” to freedom of navigation in oil-rich waters.
The U.S. military says a car bomb had exploded at an Iraqi police recruiting center at Kisak, west of Mosul.
The tensions erupted when Iran on Tuesday inaugurated the eighth president of the Islamic Republic, the ultra-protective scholar and prosecutor Ibrahim Raisi.
He succeeded after Hassan Rouhani, considered a moderate, who sought to mend ties with the West and whose administration tried unsuccessfully to renegotiate a nuclear deal with the United States.
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