Iran says it seized foreign oil tanker over smuggling
Thursday’s Iranian statement comes days after the announcement of the disappearance of the oil tanker MT Riah reportedly based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) -- after it approached Iranian waters.
The tanker, according to Iranian TV, was intercepted near the southern Iranian island of Larak, in the Persian Gulf.
An official UAE source denied on Tuesday any connection to the oil tanker, according to a statement released by the UAE news agency.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Tuesday that his country had towed a foreign oil tanker to its territorial waters due to a technical failure.