Tensions with Iran remained high on Wednesday as the mystery of the whereabouts and status of aarose. According to CBS News' leading national security correspondent David Martin, US officials believe Iran has seized the small coastal tanker along with its 25-strong crew.
Iran has responded to an emergency call from Panamanian tanker MT Riah, based in the United Arab Emirates, and has come to his rescue. But no other nation has reported receiving an emergency call from the Riah escorted by Iranian naval ships after the transponder automatically announcing that its location was shut down on Saturday. Most recently, the ship was anchored in front of the Iranian island of Qeshm, where several bases of the Revolutionary Guard of the Islamic Republic are located.
Martin is the only correspondent of the US networkfor the Middle East to tour the region.
On Wednesday, General Frank McKenzie visited the Maritime Security Center in Oman, just outside the Persian Gulf. The center, which is operated jointly by the USA and Oman, was opened only last year. From the facility, the US and its partners track the more than 100 ships that sail the Persian Gulf daily.
"I think this is a great example of partners in the region who are doing everything they can to ensure freedom of navigation in the region," McKenzie told CBS News. "I think this is an excellent example of Oman's ability to do the best he can, we help them, they help us, it's an international effort and I think it's a great statement about what we do have to do here. " in the region. "