Pentagon rejects Iran's accusations of attempted pirate seizure of an oil tanker in the Sea of Oman
An attempt by the United States to steal Iranian oil failed due to the timely response of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, which managed to recapture the oil tanker. On Wednesday, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the US Navy did not intend to seize anything and Iran's statements are “absolutely totally false and untrue”.
"I've seen the Iranian claims, they are absolutely totally false and untrue ... it's a bogus claim," John Kirby told reporters. "The only seizing that was done was by Iran."
At the moment, it is not known whether there were casualties on both sides. The US says it only watched as Iran hijacked a Vietnamese oil tanker. Later, Iranian officials said the tanker was carrying Iranian crude oil and the US acted as part of pressure on Iran.
Members of the IRGC’s Navy carried out a heliborne operation on the deck of the tanker with the stolen cargo, gained control of the vessel, and directed it toward Iran’s territorial waters.
US forces then proceeded to chase the tanker using several helicopters and warships, but their attempt at taking over the vessel was thwarted again by Iranian naval forces.
The tanker is currently in Iranian territorial waters and under the protection of IRGC’s Navy.