Iran blatantly breached international maritime conventions by raiding a cargo ship and forcing it to an Iranian port, but the US refuses to condemn Tehran for the aggression as it aims to reach a nuclear deal by June 30.
Iranian forces on Tuesday fired warning shots across the bridge of the MV Maersk Tigris, a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel, as it was traversing the Strait of Hormuz. The Iranians boarded and directed it toward the Iranian mainland, a Pentagon official said. No one was injured.
The incident, which prompted the US Navy to dispatch a destroyer and plane in response, comes at a critical time in Tehran’s relations with the US, which is negotiating a final deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program.
In another incident, US Navy officials said Tuesday that several Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) Navy vessels had surrounded a US-flagged cargo ship, the Maersk Kensington, last Friday…
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