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The announcement came after days of speculation that an Emirati tanker had been captured by Iran after vanishing from radars.
Over the weekend, the vessel, called the Riah, stopped transmitting radio signals as it entered Iranian waters and headed in the direction of Larak Island, just south of the location of Sunday’s capture, according to shipping tracker FleetMon.
Iran sender ut flere versjoner: En av dem går ut på at tankeren brøt sanksjoner og at Revolusjonsgarden straffet eieren. Et annet at skipet sendte ut nødsignaler.
Det er et hav av forskjell på en oppbringing og hjelp i nøden.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Iran had rescued the Riah after the vessel encountered technical difficulties and sought help while in Iranian waters on Sunday. It was unclear whether the rescued tanker was the same one Iran said Thursday it had seized.
Amerikanerne bemerker at det ikke er første gang Iran bruker SOS-signal som påskudd til kapring.