US denies Iranian claim of Navy ships confiscating Iranian crude oil

21:52, 04 November 2021
US denies Iranian claim of Navy ships confiscating Iranian crude oil Photo: REUTERS

The United States said that Iranian claim tha US Navy attempted to confiscate Iranian crude oil off Oman’s coast is false as the spokesman of the Pentagon John Kirby said that the Iranian claim is "absolutely, totally false and untrue."

Iranian media says that US military ships as well as helicopters followed an Iranian vessel in an attempt to confiscate the oil but failed.

Another claim says that American personnel stole oil from a tanker, however Iran’s forces managed to retake it.

Iran has even published images from the scene. 

The US however denies that such incidents have taken place.

"There was no such effort by US naval assets to seize anything. What this refers to is back on the 24th of October, US Navy assets did monitor Iranian forces illegally boarding and seizing a merchant vessel in international waters in the Gulf of Oman," Kirby said in a statement.

"At no time were US forces attempting to retake or otherwise engage in the situation. I would add that Iran's actions, the ones that are true, of them illegally boarding and seizing a vessel, constitute a blatant violation of international law that undermines freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce," he added.

The escalation comes amid the resumption of the Vienna nuclear talks that are scheduled to resume on the 29th of September.

Iran till now said that it has not been able to participate in the talks as the President Ebrahim Raisi was busy forming a new government as well as a new negotiation team. 

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that he shares an overall positive sentiment concerning the talks, however he added that time is playing against the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal.