Tanker Capture


Pompeo announces military operation to capture Iranian tanker

US Secretary of State announces military operation to seize Iranian oil tanker.

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a statement that the Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as Grace 1, would be hijacked if it tried to deliver oil to Syria.

“If this ship goes to Syria again, we will take all possible measures in accordance with these sanctions to prevent this.”- said Mike Pompeo.

At the moment, it is known that the Iranian sea vessel is on its way to one of the Greek ports, however, according to some information, the tanker will go to Baniyas in the future, where it will unload about 2 million barrels of oil. Against this background, analysts do not rule out the possibility that the United States will try to intercept an Iranian ship directly off the coast of Syria or neighboring Lebanon, including with the involvement of the Israeli fleet.

It should be clarified that earlier official Tehran warned the United States and its allies against any illegal actions against its sea vessels, promising to immediately respond in the most harsh manner.

Earlier, the US and Israeli military conducted naval capture exercises in the region.