- Iran Claims It Rescued “Missing” UAE Tanker After US Said IRGC “Forced” It Toward Iran
by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
The saga of the UAE “mystery” tanker which seems to have disappeared after its transponder went dark late Saturday night, and which no one has heard from since it drifted toward Iranian waters in the Strait of Hormuz over the weekend, has deepened after Iran contradicted US media reports of IRGC involvement.
The semi-official news agency ISNA said hours after initial reports on Tuesday suggested Iran’s military “forced” the vessel into Iranian waters that Iranian navy vessels actually came to the assistance of the disabled foreign oil tanker. The statement indicated the vessel was partially disabled and in desperate need of repairs.
“(Spokesman) Abbas Mousavi said… that an international oil tanker was in trouble due to a technical fault in the Persian Gulf… After receiving a request for assistance, Iranian forces approached it and used a tugboat to pull it toward Iranian waters for the necessary repairs to be carried out,” ISNA said, as cited by Reuters.