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Iran first says it rescued the missing UAE POL tanker, then the IRGC declares it was detained for smuggling. Very Russian approach – do we hear an alternative explanation tomorrow, and another after tomorrow? Hijacking to take hostages is more accurate label.

US works to form coalition in Gulf region. More on sanctions impact.


Secretary Pompeo on Twitter: “I met with Foreign Minisiter @khalidalkhalifa today to discuss maritime security, countering the #Iran regime’s destabilizing activity, and promoting #religiousfreedom. The U.S. is grateful for #Bahrain’s continued strong partnership &amp; efforts to advance peace and prosperity. https://t.co/U6sXGrO4Mk” / Twitter

Mohammad Javad Zarif: Start a war with Iran and we will end it – CNN Video

During an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakria, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran has never started a war, but they will be the ones who end it when asked about rising tensions with the US.

Trump’s defense pick calls for US-led pact to deter Iran

Army Secretary Mark Esper, auditioning for the Pentagon’s top job Tuesday, called on allies to join the United States in fighting Iranian malfeasance in the Gulf.

Esper Calls for U.S.-Led Pact to Deter Iran | RealClearDefense

Esper Calls for U.S.-Led Pact to Deter Iran | RealClearDefense

Iran warned by UK as tensions rocket in Hormuz Strait: ‘Step back!’ | World | News | Express.co.uk

BRITAIN is ready to stand-up to the increased threat of Iran in the wake of the seizure of an Iranian tanker off the coast of Gibraltar.

Breaking News: IRGC Seizes Oil Tanker in Persian Gulf

An IRGC website says Iran has seized a “foreign” oil tanker in the Persian Gulf on Sunday July 14.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard seizes foreign tanker with 12 crew accused of ‘smuggling oil’ – The Sun

IRAN’S Revolutionary Guard forces have seized a foreign oil tanker with 12 crew accused of smuggling oil, according to the country’s state-run TV. The tanker captured is thought to be the Panama-flagged MT Riah which was in Iranian territorial waters near Qeshm Island, which is home to a Revolutionary Guard base.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard seized foreign oil tanker, 12 crew members in Gulf, state media says – Iran – Haaretz.com

‘A foreign vessel smuggling one million liters of fuel in the Lark Island of the Persian Gulf has been seized,’ the station said, adding that the ship was seized on Sunday

Iran seizes foreign oil tanker with 12 crew, reports say – CNN

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have ambushed and seized a foreign oil tanker carrying 12 crew, according to the country semi-official Fars News.

Iran admits seizure of foreign tanker, 12 crew members in Strait of Hormuz | Fox News

Iran’s state television said Thursday the regime forces captured a foreign tanker with a crew of 12 accused of smuggling oil.

Iran seizes oil tanker near Strait of Hormuz, 12 on board

Twelve crews members were on the Panamanian-flagged vessel when it was captured near the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran says it seized foreign tanker for allegedly smuggling oil

Iran has seized a foreign tanker and its crew for allegedly smuggling fuel into the Gulf, state television said Thursday, quoting Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. The ship and its 12 crew members were seized Sunday in the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran state TV: Iranian forces seize foreign oil tanker, crew

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces seized a foreign oil tanker accused of smuggling oil, Iran’s state TV reported Thursday. The vessel appears to be a United Arab…

IRGC seizes foreign ship in Persian Gulf – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

The ship had a capacity of two million liters and had 12 foreign crew members, according to Fars.

Iran seizes oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard has seized a Panamanian oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, according to Iranian state TV. The 12-person crew of MT Riah was accused by Iran of smuggling oil as it neared the Iranian island of Qeshm which is home to a Revolutionary Guard base.

Iran says it seized foreign oil tanker, 12 crew members | The Times of Israel

Announcement on state TV says vessel intercepted by Revolutionary Guard forces in Strait of Hormuz; tanker said to be smuggling Iranian fuel to foreign customers

Iran Claims Revolutionary Guard Seize Foreign Oil Tanker, Crew

Iran’s state TV claims marine elements of the  Revolutionary Guard have seized a foreign tanker with 12 crew on accusations of smuggling oil.

Iranians feeling sanction squeeze turn to Bitcoin, spark concern over ‘mining’ operations | Fox News

Iranians feeling the squeeze from U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic’s ailing economy are increasingly turning to such digital currencies as Bitcoin to make money, prompting alarm in and out of the country.

Inside Iran: Are Tehran’s poorest paying the price? – BBC News – YouTube

BBC News Published on Jul 17, 2019 Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 and has imposed ever tightening sanctions on the country in a move designed to force Tehran to curtail their nuclear ambitions. The sanctions have led to increased prices and the local currency has fallen significantly. Iranians are being dragged into poverty and the poorest are feeling the effects. As tensions rise between Iran, the United States and its allies, the BBC has been given rare access to Iran. BBC Middle East correspondent Martin Patience, has been in Tehran looking at the impact of sanctions. While in the country, filming access was controlled – as with all foreign media the team was accompanied by a government representative at all times.

Trump Administration Scores Key Ally For Global Coalition Against Iran : NPR

As the U.S. has struggled to build support among its traditional allies in Europe to combat what it calls Iran’s aggression, it has been forced to look elsewhere for support, such as Latin America.

Rand Paul angles to become Trump’s emissary to Iran – POLITICO

The senator pitched the idea during a recent round of golf with the president.

Iran “Finds”, “Saves” Lost Oil Tanker – To Inform is to Influence

In what is still one of the strangest, probably orchestrated event, Iran’s official news outlet, PressTV, is claiming Iran responded to a distress call and came to the aid of the missing oil tanker, Riah, in the Persian Gulf. This, despite the fact that nobody else heard the distress call, in an area replete with…

PressTV-Iran comes to assistance of disabled foreign oil tanker

The spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry says the country’s naval forces have assisted a foreign crude oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, after they received a request for help from the vessel. Seyyed Abbas Mousavi told IRIB News late on Tuesday that the tanker suffered a technical glitch, and accordingly sent a distress call. He added that Iranian forces rushed to the scene after receiving the call, and tug boats assisted the disabled vessel and towed it towards Iranian territorial waters to undergo required repair. Earlier in the day, the Associated Press reported that an oil tanker of Emirati ownership had been unaccounted for in the Persian Gulf for three straight days. The Panama-flagged vessel Riah reportedly went off radars on Saturday. The tanker had apparently turned off its transponder.

Iran doubles down on threat to attack Britain over ‘vicious’ oil tanker seizure as Royal Navy sends a THIRD warship to the Gulf – The Sun

IRAN’s supreme leader has threatened Britain with retaliation over the “vicious” seizure of an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar. As tensions escalate over the tanker row, it’s been revealed that the Royal Navy is set to send a third warship to the Persian Gulf this summer.

Iran news: US believes Iranians seized oil tanker Riah in Persian Gulf as top US commander seeks naval flotilla with allies – CBS News

Top commander in Mideast tells CBS News keeping ships safe is not just America's job, as he tries to convince allies to send warships to counter Iran

As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA | TheHill

Washington must make Tehran understand that it can receive sanctions relief only by negotiating a new agreement.

Trump’s better deal with Iran looks a lot like Obama’s – POLITICO

Trump has repeatedly urged Iran to negotiate, saying that Tehran’s nuclear ambitions are his chief concern, talking points that experts say echo the 2015 deal.

CBS News travels with top U.S. military commander in the Middle East amid Iran tensions – CBS News

CBS News correspondent David Martin is traveling with Gen. Frank McKenzie